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March 6, 2006

Laurie visits the Book Bus 1

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CSPAN’s Book TV is an odd entity. It seems like it’s just used to fill the time, although there are occasionally interesting guests. Though CSPAN has never struck me as particularly publicity-hungry, the nonetheless have the Book Bus, “a mobile television production studio that travels the country promoting Book TV’s unique non-fiction book programming.” Recently, […]

March 4, 2006

More Google Book hysteria 0

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In today’s Guardian Nigel Newton, chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing, rants about the danger presented by Google’s ongoing endeavor to digitize the world’s books. I’m sorry, but I just cannot understand the vehemence of the opposition to Google’s plan. Newton tries to catch our attention by invoking the spirit of Charles Dickens, which he claims […]

March 3, 2006

Weekend Links 0

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The Oscar Blog: Ed has recruited Scott, YPTR, Elizabeth Crane, Jeff, Gwenda, Mark and several others to “live blog” the Oscars on Sunday. I’m convinced that no good can come of this… but you can bet I’ll be reading along. I’ll read what ever Malcolm Gladwell writes, but his 2-part conversation with ESPN.com columnist Bill […]

March 3, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: March 2006 0

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With my personal sport of choice – professional basketball – surging towards the playoffs, I felt a need to read about sports. I needed to read about jocks and sweat and champions and the like. Instead, I read about gambling. And politics. Oh, and a little bit of about sports. (First, though, an aside. I […]

March 3, 2006

Adding voices to the unfolding story of New Orleans 0

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Chin Music Press has put together a nice-looking blog to chronicle the long, lingering aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans: After Katrina and its horrible aftermath, Chin Music Press felt compelled to shine its wobbly flashlight on New Orleans. This effort resulted in our second book, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New […]

March 1, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 43rd in a Series (Finding Historical Fiction) 9

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Katie writes in with this question: When I was in Rome I read I, Claudius [by Robert Graves] and loved it. Now I’m looking for other historical fiction, of any period or nationality, that does a comparable job of bringing a time and place to life and maintaining some literary credibility. Any suggestions? According to […]

March 1, 2006

Covering the Catalogs: Grove Atlantic Spring/Summer 2006 7

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I get a fair amount of catalogs from publishers these days, and since they’re always chock full of new and interesting books that I’m guessing people will want to know about, I’m thinking about instituting a semi-regular feature called Covering the Catalogs wherein I pick out a handful of items that I deem interesting from […]

February 27, 2006

Another New Yorker blogger 0

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New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert, whose global warming opus Field Notes from a Catastrophe has been much excerpted in the magazine of late, is blogging for the week at the Powells.com blog. From her first entry: When you write about global warming, you start to feel that a lot of what we all spend […]

February 26, 2006

This thing called LibraryThing 3

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Back at the beginning of September I mentioned a new book cataloging site called LibraryThing. It had only just gotten underway and I was busy so I didn’t try it out at the time. It looked like the sort of thing that, if it ever reached a critical mass, could be phenomenal, but it seemed […]

February 25, 2006

The New Yorker cover that wasn’t 0

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As emdashes recently pointed out, last week’s New Yorker cover was the second Bush/Cheney “gay joke” in recent memory. I gave a chuckle when I saw it, but, honestly, I expect New Yorker covers to be a little more, I don’t know, subtle than that. So I was sad to see what had been originally […]