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August 29, 2005

Freelancing woes 0

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The Hag points us to this humorous but heartbreaking article about the declining fortunes of freelance journalists. Though I’m not at the moment trying to make it as a freelance journalist, I’ve always thought it something I might like to try. You know: the freedom, the romantic life of the roving freelancer, the potential for […]

August 29, 2005

Kate Atkinson at the LBC blog 0

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Kate Atkinson has begun tentatively posting at the LBC blog. She’ll be discussing her book Case Histories and answering questions from readers. Feel free to join in.

August 28, 2005

Hurricane blogging 0

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Perhaps you’ve seen it on the news. A historic and potentially catastrophic storm, Hurricane Katrina, is about 24 hours from plowing into New Orleans. If there ever was a “big one,” this is it. Sustained winds are at 175 mph, and some experts think it may maintain this strength all the way to landfall. Despite […]

August 26, 2005

Amazon shorts: a good idea, but a missed opportunity 0

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One of the bigger stories in the literary world this week was the launch of Amazon Shorts. As you may have read, the program allows authors to sell short works (the program offers many varieties of fiction and non-fiction and includes essays, book chapters and short stories) at the flat rate of 49 cents a […]

August 24, 2005

In Britain, size matters 0

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The plight of the literary magazine and the demise of the short story are often bemoaned here in the US, but compared to the state of things in Britain, America is paradise for short story writers and readers. So says a recent essay in the Guardian, which hopes that a newly announced short story prize […]

August 24, 2005

The links 0

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The Telegraph links all their reviews of Booker longlist titles from one page. If you want to get a look at these literary hotshots, there’s a photo gallery, too. Ed has read Chuck Klosterman, and he’s not very happy about it. The First Post, a new British online magazine leads with John Irving’s book reviewer-bashing.

August 23, 2005

The novel race 0

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Michael J. Arlen’s 1958 humor piece “Are we losing the novel race?” (which can be found in the New Yorker’s anthology of humor writing) starts out thusly: “As if things weren’t bad enough already, word has just reached me that the Russians have recently published a 1,600 page novel.” The amusing little piece, published at […]

August 22, 2005

Kate Atkinson to visit the Litblog Co-op blog 0

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Mark your calendars. As promised (many months ago) Kate Atkinson, author of the inaugural Litblog Co-op selection, Case Histories, will be stopping by the LBC blog to discuss the book with readers. If you got a chance to read the book – or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about […]

August 21, 2005

New book previews: Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Christian Bauman, T.C. Boyle, Jill Ciment 0

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The Prophet of Zongo Street is the debut collection by the Ghanian writer Mohammed Naseehu Ali. The collection of ten stories has garnered a number of high-profile reviews, including in the NY Times, the SF Chronicle and the LA Times, in which Merle Rubin wrote, “Although many in these stories are misled by philosophies, faiths […]

August 18, 2005

A reading journal continued (The 4th and Final Part) 0

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I went back home to Istanbul for my cousin’s wedding (yes, a lot of weddings indeed, fun nevertheless, and may all of them be happy) and there picked up Tuna Kiremitci’s third novel Yolda Uc Kisi (Three People on the Road). I had briefly mentioned Tuna Kiremitci’s first two novels in my Year in Reading […]