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June 3, 2010

Mirror Askew: Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam 2

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Amsterdam draws the reader into the tensions of his teetering world, and the world that teeters beyond.

June 2, 2010

Time to get on with it 0

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At Open Letters, Rohan Maitzen writes about her awakening to the chasm between an academic appreciation for books and “a more personal, affective, and engaged vision of criticism. It has been surprising and exciting to me to realize how blinkered I was about non-academic book culture, and chastening to realize how little use my own […]

June 2, 2010

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Breaking Up With Books 76

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Recently it struck me that the list of books I’ve started and not finished has grown quite formidable. I ask myself what this “means,” if it reflects some kind of moral devolution.

June 2, 2010

Headphone Elegies 5

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We’ve become not just curators of music but curators of connections, immersed in an aural landscape and a transporting, internal soundtrack.

June 1, 2010

Fine Editions 0

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We’ve seen a proliferation of junky editions of out-of-copyright classics, but we’ve also noted gorgeous new hardcovers from Penguin and now from much smaller outfit White’s Books, including Emma, Wuthering Heights, Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books, and several others.

June 1, 2010

In the News 0

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Last Thursday’s Goodreads event hosted by Patrick and featuring Emily Mandel and attended by myself and several other Millions writers and alums got written up in the Wall Street Journal. I’m told that there is a photo of yours truly in the print version, but a hard copy of the WSJ is hard to come […]

June 1, 2010

The Millions Top Ten: May 2010 0

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Tinkers debuts and The Corrections graduates. Plus, a controversial new number one.

June 1, 2010

Linguistic Revenge: An Alexander Theroux Primer 12

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Defending his prose, Theroux once likened it to “a Victorian attic.” He delivers more inner life than outer, more desire for vengeance than for anything else, and more sheer stuff per page — stuff you don’t expect — than any other novelist.

May 31, 2010

Melissa Klug and the Permanence Matters Initiative 14

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“I truly believe that we are at a critical crossroads in publishing. As the attention, bandwidth and energy of publishing turns to e-books, we are concerned that what is currently a trend toward lesser quality print versions of books will then become a landslide.”

May 27, 2010

On Tetris 5

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Like ping-pong or fucking, the game demands a deep focus that must be both maintained and ignored; once you realize what you’re doing, you’re done.