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June 21, 2011

On Bad Blurbs and the Heavy Lightness of Yates’s The Easter Parade 12

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The blurby back-cover declarations struck me as so off-pitch, that they in fact helped me to clarify for myself just what I think The Easter Parade is, and isn’t.

June 20, 2011

Help Wanted: The Millions Needs a Curiosities, Twitter, and Facebook Superstar 9

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The site continues to grow, and that means we have an opportunity to add another book-loving person to our team.

June 20, 2011

Nom de Plume: Literary History and the Curatorial Principle 19

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I see it as a book for these times and no other. Our particular moment is all about managing data rather than producing it; a theme is assigned, the material assiduously curated.

June 19, 2011

Hitchens on Mamet 4

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It almost sounds too terrifying to be true. Your book is reviewed by Christopher Hitchens in the New York Times Book Review and he opens with: “This is an extraordinarily irritating book” (and it gets worse from there, and deservedly so). It happened to David Mamet and his new book The Secret Knowledge.

June 17, 2011

Amanda Hocking Gets the Times Magazine Treatment 2

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Amanda Hocking, 26-year-old self-publishing wunderkind, earns a New York Times Magazine profile describing her road to a $2 million deal with St. Martins for rights to her ten novels including My Blood Approves and Hollowland.

June 17, 2011

Kindle Spam is Here 0

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Inevitable: Spam is increasingly cropping up among the self-publishing hordes on the Kindle.

June 17, 2011

Chabon and Waldman Go HBO 0

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are teaming with Darren Aronofsky on an HBO pilot, Hobgoblin.

June 17, 2011

Internet Tendency, Redesigned 0

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The charmingly lo-fi McSweeney’s website gets a redesign and manages to stay charmingly lo-fi.

June 17, 2011

Philip K. Dick and the Pleasures of Unquotable Prose 16

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Dick’s novels feel like labor, as though they are tabulating the results of some desperate experiment.

June 17, 2011

Cliffhanger: On Extreme Survival Books 7

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This plotline rarely changes; the details are grisly, the scenarios harrowing. Yet we can’t get enough of such stories.