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September 13, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Hensher, Smith, Morgenstern, Southgate 0

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Booker-snubbed, but still widely anticipated, Philip Hensher’s King of Badgers is out today. As are Ali Smith’s There But for The, Erin Morgenstern’s uber-hyped debut The Night Circus, and The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate, who wrote here about writers’ work getting better as they get older.

September 13, 2011

Writing the Jersey Shore in the Age of Reality TV 4

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As I finalized revisions to my book, I wondered how readers’ perceptions of the place I had spent years writing about were possibly being shaped by the antics of people named Snooki and The Situation.

September 13, 2011

The German Solution: Saving Books by Keeping Them Expensive 33

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There seemed to be no end to the variety of bookshops in Cologne. But they all had one thing in common: they were thriving.

September 12, 2011

The Art of Hyping 1

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Chad Harbach‘s The Art of Fielding is ubiquitous. We tapped it in our Second Half of 2011 Preview. n+1 bundled it with year-long subscriptions. The Awl interviewed the author. The New Yorker‘s Book Club picked it as their September book. It was reviewed in The New York Times. Now Keith Gessen‘s expanded his Vanity Fair […]

September 12, 2011

Otherwise Known as a Library 0

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Amazon is supposedly setting up a “Netflix for e-books” program for Amazon Prime subscribers.

September 12, 2011

Entourage v. Mad Men 3

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Is “Entourage” just “Mad Men” set in modern times? This article, of course, must be paired with Carles‘ Grantland piece, “I Don’t Want to Bro Up, I’m an ‘Entourage’ Kid.”

September 12, 2011

My Biggest Fan 8

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Sometime after he died, I had what I think we literary types call an epiphany. My father was a fan. I hadn’t known. Or if I’d known, I hadn’t thought of it that way.

September 12, 2011

Nobody Hearts L.A.: A Personal Los Angeles Canon 10

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I asked all the readers I could for their recommendations of “alternative,” “adventurous,” “unusual,” “non-canonical,” or just “weird” Los Angeles novels.

September 11, 2011

“Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?” 0

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In a piece for Oxford American, Mark Edmundson has an important message for incoming college freshpersons.

September 11, 2011

Poets & Writers’ MFA Rankings 10

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This week I linked to one poet’s concerns about the top MFA programs ranked in Poets & Writers. Now, a pretty impressive list of creative writing instructors have some questions for Poets & Writers itself.