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August 30, 2006

Live from Chicago Part 2 2

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Next I read Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser. Summers are great for reading all the random and must-read books that have been sitting on your shelf for too long. I remember moving to New York a year after the publication of Schlosser’s study on fast food companies […]

August 29, 2006

Midweek Links 0

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I thoroughly enjoyed the second installment of Emdashes’ Ask the New Yorker Librarians series. Michiko Kakutani hates Jonathan Franzen’s new memoir, The Discomfort Zone. Kakutani’s wrath filled pen aside, Ed explains why she’s right, and I have to agree. I looked back through the archives here and realized I hadn’t elaborated on it much beyond […]

August 29, 2006

What does Stephen Gaghan know that Charlie Kaufman doesn’t? 2

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As many of you no doubt have read in the trades (Wait, you don’t read the trades? What town do you live in, anyway?), Stephen Gaghan, the writer of such sprawling, multi-narrative films as Traffic and Syriana, is set to adapt Malcolm Gladwell’s latest quasi-scientific non-fiction potboiler, Blink (IMDb). Anyone who’s read the book can […]

August 28, 2006

Live from Chicago Part 1 0

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Hello! I’m back, this time reporting from Chicago, IL. Without further ado, I’ll move on to what I have been reading lately. The first book I picked up since my last post was Asne Seierstad’s A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal. I was longing for some non-fiction and Seierstad’s memoirs of her visit […]

August 26, 2006

Hard to Pronounce Literary Names Redux: the Definitive Edition 35

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Thanks to some friendly advice from LanguageHat, and seeing competing pronunciations flying around in the comments of the previous pronunciation post, especially for that pesky Goethe, I decided to go to the library and to do a little more Internet research to try to get some definitive pronunciations for these names, specifically printed references where […]

August 26, 2006

High Praise for Edward P. Jones 0

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In the Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley writes a glowing review of Edward P. Jones’ All Aunt Hagar’s Children and has high praise for Jones as well: Now there can be no doubt about it: Edward P. Jones belongs in the first rank of American letters. With the publication of All Aunt Hagar’s Children, his third […]

August 25, 2006

Lots of Michael Chabon News 2

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Michael Chabon has posted some news on his infrequently updated and often cryptic blog. Here’s the latest: His forthcoming novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is “completed and headed for copy-editing.” The book will come out in May of 2007 – really looking forward to this one, by the way. You’ll recall that late last year […]

August 25, 2006

Other Ventures 0

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What’s it like being a young journalist in a turbulent time for the business? Some of my fellow Medill grads and I have created a blog to discuss that and other pressing matters. If you’re a journalism junkie like I am, you’ll enjoy The Newshole. Check it out. Longtime Millions contributor Emre has started a […]

August 24, 2006

Fiction Writing Class in Los Angeles 2

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I’ve got a great opportunity for any aspiring writers in Los Angeles. My good friend Edan Lepucki, an excellent writer and teacher (see her bio below) has decided to start her own fiction writing course. Edan and I met when we worked together at Book Soup in Los Angeles. While there we both led a […]

August 23, 2006

Midweek Links: New Yorker, Google, Leroy, Quills, Cuba 0

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Emdashes notes that the New Yorker is issuing an update disk for its Complete New Yorker DVD-ROM set. She also spotted the Complete New Yorker being sold on a portable hard drive. At the Washington Post, an academic writes in defense of the Google Book Search Library Project: “Only a small fraction of the huge […]