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June 5, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: June 2006 1


Here in Sioux Falls, one of our local Lutheran private colleges puts on a library book sale. In name, it’s a sale of epic proportions. In actuality, it’s just a clever way for literary junkies and bibliophiles to stock up their collections and appear smarter than they are while the library clears out horribly outdated […]

June 2, 2006

A few links before heading out of town for the weekend 0


JT Leroy, who has been revealed as a made-up persona created to sell books, is still being “spotted” in LA and maintaining a blog. Pinky has the details. In his Friday Column, Scott writes about literary fiction that is “much discussed” but doesn’t sell many copies. Author (and blogger) Jenny Davidson has a new book […]

June 1, 2006

Fishing With Linkbait 3


Just as I (and several others) suspected! The New York Times piece on the best novels of the last 25 years was just a ploy to get mentioned on blogs. By way of proof, check out what I found in the traffic logs for The Millions today: Time/Date: Thu_Jun__1_13:09:16_2006_DSTVisitor IP: nytgate05.nytimes.comReferred by: Seriously, I […]

June 1, 2006

Television at the LBC 1


If you haven’t already checked it out, there’s a great discussion of the latest LBC pick, Television by Jean-Philippe Toussaint, going on at the LBC site. I added my two cents today with a post called The Slacker Hero.

May 31, 2006

The Non-Threatening Future of The Book 0


John Updike’s off the cuff bashing of the ongoing efforts to digitize books has been reverberating across the media landscape. The Washington Post has an account of Updike’s remarks from BEA, where he singled out Kevin Kelly’s lengthy New York Times Magazine piece on the topic, calling Kelly’s view of the future a “grisly scenario.” […]

May 29, 2006

Amazon Upgrade reinvents online access to books 4


With little fanfare, Amazon has unveiled a new feature that has major implications for the digital distribution of books. For starters, Amazon has revamped its “Search Inside the Book” interface and renamed it the Amazon Online Reader. Looking at To the Lighthouse, the familiar links allowing you to jump to the table of contents, an […]

May 27, 2006

Won’t Somebody Please Think Of The Children 7


Of all the things in this hectic world to keep kids away from, why books? Leslie Pinney, a school board member from District 214 (located in suburban Chicago), wanted to have the following books removed from the high school reading list because of their “inappropriate themes”: The Awakening by Kate Chopin The Perks of Being […]

May 24, 2006

Reading List: World War 2 Nonfiction 9


After yesterday’s World War II fiction post, now it’s time for the non-fiction. Once again culling from the excellent comments left in my original post on the topic from a while back, here are the books: Many readers suggested Anthony Beevor’s books Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Writes Steve: “Beevor’s Stalingrad is the […]

May 23, 2006

Reading List: World War 2 Fiction 14


Last week you guys left some excellent recommendations for World War II books on my post about Rick Atikinson’s An Army At Dawn. As promised, here is a post devoted to those recommendations. These books all sound great; I know I’ll be bookmarking this post and selecting books from it for years to come. I […]

May 22, 2006

List envy 1


The New York Times whipped bloggers and readers into a frenzy with its linkbait list of the best books of the last 25 years along with A.O. Scott’s voluminous essay on the “great American novel.” The reasons why this list is silly and flawed have been discussed on a number of blogs – the panel […]