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January 4, 2009

Michael Lewis Takes the Stage 0

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As we adjust to new economic realities, Michael Lewis is emerging as the financial meltdown’s most important voice. His Portfolio piece “The End” told us how we got here but it also illuminated his own failure, in the 1980s, to get the point across with his book Liar’s Poker. Meant to be a cautionary tale, […]

January 3, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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Millions contributor Emily’s award-winning review of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale has been posted by VQR. Check it out.

January 2, 2009

Millions Meta-Data 2008 1

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Before we get too far into 2009, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2008. This year, I’ll divide the most popular posts on The Millions into two categories, and we’ll start with the “evergreens,” posts that went up before 2008 but continued to interest readers over the […]

January 1, 2009

A Reading Resolution 5

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I don’t put much stock in the New Years resolution – I don’t think you need the calendar to dictate self-improvement – however, I will acknowledge (and have acknowledged in the past) that the dawning of a new year does seem like an opportune moment to try out something new. In fact, The Millions was […]

December 31, 2008

Amazon Launches Author Stores 0

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In its never-ending roll-out of new features and incremental redesigns, Amazon has introduced “Author Stores,” which Amazon calls “new corners of our bookstore dedicated to offering customers a new way to browse and shop favorite authors, discover new books, and more.” Basically, Amazon has created dedicated pages for several hundred authors. It’s a nice little […]

December 29, 2008

The Front Table, Online 5

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I have written in the past about the importance of a bookstore’s “front table.” The idea is that one should be able to walk into the bookstore and be able to grasp, based upon which books are on display and based upon conversations with staff and fellow customers, what matters at that moment both in […]

December 28, 2008

New Yorker Wraps Up 2008 with Austere Fiction Issue 5

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As has been the tradition for the last several years, The New Yorker closed out 2008 with a fiction double issue. But astute readers may have noticed that this year’s installment was markedly slimmer than that of years’ past. Perhaps it is common knowledge, but I was surprised to discover a few years back that […]

December 28, 2008

The Whole Truth or Anything But 2

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This guest post comes to us from Anne Yoder. Anne is the former books editor of KGB Bar Lit. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, BlackBook, PopMatters, and elsewhere. She moonlights as a pharmacist in the West Village. In Bomb magazine’s interview with Aleksandar Hemon following the publication of his book of short stories […]

December 28, 2008

A List With A Twist Revisited 2

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In the spring, we reported on an unusual event unfolding in the Books pages of The Globe and Mail. Each week, through 2008, someone – typically a published author or an academic – would write an essay for the Globe championing a book. Fifty books in total. They were not ranked in any order, and […]

December 27, 2008

Curiosities: The Case of Rudolph 0

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Roberto Bolaño’s “Beach,” the story that has been the source of the notion that the late author was a heroin addict (since debunked in a fairly convincing fashion) has been translated into English. “Science Fiction Authors That Lit Geeks Think It’s Cool To Read“ “Top 10 US out of print books of 2008” and the […]