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December 11, 2010

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 1

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The book opens with a narrow focus, then telescopes outward.

December 10, 2010

A Year in Reading: Laura van den Berg 0

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I especially loved two deliciously strange novels this year.

December 10, 2010

Amazon’s Top Book Lists 0

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Amazon has churned out a number of top books lists this year. We’ve already mentioned the Editors’ Top 100 Books, but there’s also the Customers’ Top 100 Books, the Top 10 Literature and Fiction, the Top 10 Cookbooks, and the Top 10 Science Books.

December 10, 2010

A Year in Reading: Alexander Theroux 6

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I select this book as my chosen book for 2010 for its simple and accommodating solid truth.

December 10, 2010

A Poet in Need 0

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Friends, former students and admirers are rallying around poet Dean Young. Young, who has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a number of other MFA programs, is in need of a heart transplant, and fellow poet Tony Hoagland has put out a call for help. (Thanks Arna)

December 10, 2010

The Story Behind the Photo 0

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The Guardian has the interesting story behind the arresting photo of Prince Charles and Camilla being harassed by protesters that appeared on the front page of The New York Times and other newspapers around the world today. (via)

December 10, 2010

DFW on Writing Nonfiction 0

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“I’m not a journalist, and I don’t pretend to be one, and most of the pieces in there were assigned to me by Harper’s, with these sort of maddening instructions of, you know, just go to a certain spot and kind of, you know, turn 350 degrees a few times and tell us what you […]

December 10, 2010

20 Rules for Writing Detective Stories 1

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“Secret societies, camorras, mafias, et al., have no place in a detective story. To be sure, the murderer in a detective novel should be given a sporting chance; but it is going too far to grant him a secret society to fall back on. No high-class, self-respecting murderer would want such odds.” -From the much-quoted […]

December 10, 2010

A Year in Reading: Joseph McElroy 1

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It’s been on my shelves ever since and reread and reread, so that rereading itself is in its meaning for me.

December 9, 2010

A Year in Reading: Julie Orringer 3

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Sure, the novel has a quiet and slow start, but as it unfolds it takes you places you never expected to go, and will never forget having visited.