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April 15, 2011

Big Kindle On Sale 0

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Normally $379, the Kindle DX, Amazon’s oversized version of the regular Kindle, is today going for $299 thanks to a one-day sale.

April 15, 2011

Friday Night Lights, The Final Season: Join the Team 15

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What has surprised – and in a way instructed – me most is how effectively FNL employs what is essentially formulaic drama; that is, how aware we are of being immersed in a constructed moral universe, and yet how little the drama’s predictability compromises either one’s engagement or the show’s objective artfulness and excellence.

April 14, 2011

Cellpoems Poetry and Reviews 0

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Poems and reviews in 140 characters or less.  NY Book Bench has a great article about Cellpoems, and how they fit into the swiftly changing literary landscape of today.

April 14, 2011

Walt Whitman Documents Now Available 0

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A scholar who has uncovered Walt Whitman‘s handwritten documents announced his findings Tuesday at the National Archives.  These documents are from Whitman‘s time as a government worker, concerning civil rights, war crimes, treason, and western expansion.  View the documents here.

April 14, 2011

Hot Authors 2

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“Author-hot” has historically been a pejorative phrase, or at best faint praise, but Canteen is looking to change that with its “Hot Authors” project, “reinterpreting and reappropriating fashion magazine glam” for the Moleskine set. The redesigned Canteen website also features an interview with yours truly – not, I’m sad to report, included in the “Hot […]

April 14, 2011

Yugolysses 1

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The “Yugoslavian Ulysses,” (not actually titled Yugolysses) has been newly translated into English, and gets a thoughtful but mixed review in TNR.

April 14, 2011

‘Lost’ Novel Found 0

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Does it come as any surprise that Lost creator J.J. Abrams would write a book that his editor describes as “the most high concept novel I have ever come across“?

April 14, 2011

‘A Letter in Living Color’ 0

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Says the New York Times: “We recently received, in a tube sent by postal mail, something new in our experience: a 15-foot-long scroll to the editor.” (via @LettersOfNote)

April 14, 2011

Book Signings in the Digital Age 0

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The New York Times looks at new technological efforts to make book signings work in the age of the ebook. One idea is an e-reader add-on that lets the reader snap a photo with the author, which the author can then sign with a “digital stylus.” The photo is meant to make its way to […]

April 14, 2011

Staff Pick: Two Crime Novels 12

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The most recent books I’ve read in the genre confirm my long-held suspicion that attempting to categorize books by genre does readers a disservice; these books are no less literary than any of the other great books I’ve read this year, they just have crimes and/or guns in them.