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October 26, 2006

Intertwining Histories 4

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Erik Larson has followed up his blockbuster book The Devil in the White City with Thunderstruck, another narrative history that ties together a pair of men one “good” and one “bad.” This time he focuses on “the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of wireless technology (Guglielmo Marconi) and the most notorious British murderer since Jack the Ripper […]

October 25, 2006

Famous Quotes, Misquoted 1

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Reuters writes up The Yale Book of Quotations Showman P.T. Barnum never said “There’s a sucker born every minute” although he wished he had. And Civil War Admiral David Farragut probably never said “Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead” — words that have inspired generations of fighting men. To make things even more complicated, it […]

October 25, 2006

Wednesday Links 0

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I’ve been meaning to link to Ed’s review of Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story in the Philly Inquirer. Jenny finds that not everyone agrees with Ed. Previously: King tells the Paris Review the he sees Lisey’s Story as a “special book.” Why Levi won’t be reading Thomas Pynchon’s new book Against the Day. Michael, meanwhile, already […]

October 25, 2006

Commenting at The Millions 1

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Note: Irrelevant comments pitching books or other products will be deleted immediately. If you would like to promote your book, website, or other product, please consider advertising with us. You can do so through BlogAds at this link or you can email Max with questions. I like using Blogger as the platform for this blog, […]

October 24, 2006

On the way to Philadelphia 11

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After a long lazy summer living in a temporary arrangement (with my generous parents) in the Maryland suburbs, Mrs. Millions and I are picking up and moving again, this time to Philadelphia and this time (hopefully) we’ll be there for a while. After spending our post-college years soaking it up in LA, we left for […]

October 23, 2006

50 Words 5

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Digging through some old files on my computer I found a document called “50 Words” that contains a couple of tiny stories that I wrote several years ago. They were meant to be for a little collection that a friend of a friend was putting together in which all the stories would be just 50 […]

October 23, 2006

Monday Links 2

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Friend of The Millions Edan Lepucki has a short story in the most recent LA Times West Magazine, “Salt Lick“. Congrats! I’ve heard of publishers throwing in a free bookmark to help sell copies of a new book, but gold? Oriani Fallaci, the fiery (and athiest) Italian journalist who recently passed away, bequethed her library […]

October 20, 2006

The Country Gentleman with the Mean Left Hook 2

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I must’ve been terribly annoying when I was twenty. Infuriating and insufferable, I was so sure I knew all I needed to know about music and literature. One could document my tunnel-vision with loads of examples, but two stand out in my mind. The first was musical. At the time, my knowledge of The Kinks […]

October 20, 2006

Google Books Copyright Case Drags On 0

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This week, there were a pair of updates on the copyright cases against Google that are being brought by publishers and authors. Initially, the two groups had been pursuing two separate complaints against Google, but this week Judge John Sprizzo consolidated the two cases into one. According to MarketWatch: “Sprizzo’s streamlining was inevitable because the […]

October 19, 2006

Thursday Links 3

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Bud offers a charming man about town piece that touches on the intersection of technology and culture. One of my biggest on-the-job challenges back when I was a bookseller was recommending books for finicky teenagers. In an effort to take some of the guesswork out of this endeavor, Anita Silvey, a professor of children’s literature […]