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July 14, 2011

Borders may liquidate 2

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Borders may be on the brink of liquidation. If the deal goes through, you may be able to score some excellent deals.

July 14, 2011

Muldoon’s Commencement Address 0

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Paul Muldoon raised this season’s commencement bar with his address to Bennington College’s Writing Seminar graduates. At The Russian Samovar a few months ago, before reading from Maggot, he explained the phrase “cock a snook.”

July 14, 2011

Books on the Radio 0

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In case you missed it the first time, Tulsa’s KWGS the week re-aired an interview with my co-editor Jeff Martin on our book that came out earlier this year, The Late American Novel.

July 14, 2011

Having trouble falling asleep at night? 2

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Madhu Kaza, a “writer, artist and educator,” has a possible solution for you.  She’ll come into your home 15 minutes before bedtime and sit in a chair beside your bed and read to you from your favorite books until you fall asleep.  Then she’ll let herself out and lock the door behind her.  The free […]

July 14, 2011

Bill Keller wants reporters to report and only report. 0

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The New York Times‘ executive editor Bill Keller caused an uproar three months ago when he railed against Twitter and, specifically, how it was making us all dumb. (Or, after being challenged, was it for some other reason?) This month, he rails against his staff of reporters because they want to write books.

July 14, 2011

What Harry Potter Knows 25

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This is one of those weeks in which everyone talks about Harry Potter, and in which it’s tempting to be that writer, you know that writer, who does the jaded contrarian take on it all.

July 14, 2011

On Coincidence, Constraints, and Matthew Stadler’s Cover Novel 3

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“A good cover is both a tribute to the original and its own new song.”

July 13, 2011

The Limits of Speed 0

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Chuck Klosterman wonders whether or not the fastest human ever may have already been born.

July 13, 2011

Jon-Jon Goulian gets another profile 0

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For The Rumpus, Sari Botton interviews Jon-Jon Goulian to supplement his recent profile in The New York Times.

July 13, 2011

The 12th Caine Prize 0

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NoViolet Bulawayo has won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story “Hitting Budapest” (pdf).