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April 3, 2005

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest 0

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Millions contributor Rodger Jacobs is continuing his efforts to get a street in Los Angeles named after F. Scott Fitzgerald. Now, he’s put together a short story competition to further commemorate the author. Here’s the release: The film production and web publishing company responsible for the petition drive to name the intersection of Sunset Boulevard […]

April 2, 2005

The Millions Turns Two 0

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March 24, was The Millions’ second birthday. In the year since my last “happy birthday” post, blogs have become firmly mainstream. It’s become difficult to find a person who asks the once common question, “What’s a blog?” The book blog world has become amazingly robust in the last year, meriting frequent mentions in the mainstream […]

March 30, 2005

Review: Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis 0

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Michael Lewis launched his successful career as an author with his book Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, which is both a youthful memoir and a journalistic look at the inner workings of Salomon Brothers, a Wall Street firm that grew fat trading bonds and then crashed and burned. The book takes […]

March 25, 2005

A Brief Hiatus 0

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I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now. So I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a few days. See you soon.

March 22, 2005

Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap: A review 0

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It’s a funny thing about expectations. They form so quickly, and often just as quickly, get shattered. Or else you’re forced to re-evaluate, and scale down those expectations to something more realistic. And you have to do it all in lightning speed so that, before the actual experience is over, you’ve salvaged some sort of […]

March 22, 2005

Amazon adds Statistically Improbable Phrases 0

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In their quest to add more and more arcane content to every page, Amazon recently added Statistically Improbable Phrases to their pages for books that have the “Search inside…” feature. Apparently, Amazon is using an algorithm to determine which phrases in particular books are less likely to appear in other books with some interesting, though […]

March 22, 2005

Some good posts and other notes 0

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The Rake is underwhelmed by a Lily Tuck reading, but nonetheless manages to put together a characteristically amusing recap of the event. Now that’s dedication. Ed visits used bookstore run by the cranky and paranoid and lives to tell the tale. CAAF on good vs. bad protagonists. McSweeney’s fans: I couldn’t help but notice that […]

March 21, 2005

The New New Journalists 0

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Robert Boynton, a journalism professor at NYU, has taken a look at the journalism landscape and determined that the craft has moved an iteration beyond Thomas Wolfe’s anointing of a New Journalism in 1973. Boynton’s book, which he has titled The New New Journalism looks at the more recent crop of in depth journalists – […]

March 19, 2005

Book Critics Winners announced 0

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As others have mentioned, the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night. Here they are with some links to excerpts and/or reviews if you want to know more about the books: Fiction: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – excerpt, review Nonfiction: The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch – excerpt, review Biography: De […]

March 18, 2005

Upcoming Books: Matthew Kneale, Andrew Miller, James Salter 0

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Matthew Kneale won the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2001 for his maritime historical novel English Passengers. Now Kneale has a collection of stories out that takes a more contemporary look at traveling. Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance is about the complexities of exploring today’s world. A review in The Scotsman […]