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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 […]

May 21, 2006

Book Expo Dispatch: Targeting Litblogs 4


NB: I wrote the following post a few hours ago, and I’ve been letting it simmer a bit. I’ve since visited the blogs of several other folks who were at BEA, and it made me want to point out that despite what I’ve written below, BEA was a very fun event and that it was […]

May 21, 2006

Book Expo Dispatch: The People And The Books 3


The best part of BEA by a longshot was meeting all the people I’ve been corresponding with for so long and whose blogs I’ve been reading for what seems like forever. The LBC party on Friday night was a blast. Many bloggers were there (Most of these folks have pictures and writeups from BEA up […]

May 20, 2006

Book Expo Dispatch: Overwhelming and Underwhelming 0


Overwhelming and underwhelming: that’s the phrase that some bloggers and I settled upon to describe this massive event. It’s overwhelming in the sense that it is truly massive (as any big industry trade show must be), with endless rows and rows of booths where publishers big, small, (and self-) hawk their wares. There is a […]