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July 15, 2006

Weekend Links 0

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Bat Segundo bags his biggest fish yet: John Updike On their blog, the Freakonomics guys are looking for poker players to help them with an experiment, but the bigger news is that the post reveals a sequel to the bestseller is in the works. Part one of a interview with book designer Paul Buckley of […]

July 13, 2006

Another opportunity for writers 0

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Last week I posted about the Gather.com contest to get into Amazon Shorts, and yesterday I got a note about another opportunity for writers that sounds interesting. This one is from the very cool online literary magazine Narrative: For any of you who may have overlooked the Editors’ Note in our most recent issue, we’re […]

July 11, 2006

New Pete Dexter Book 0

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I was poking around Amazon today and I came across a listing for a new book by Pete Dexter called Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage. I’m a fan of Dexter’s (see my review of Train, my review of Brotherly Love, […]

July 11, 2006

Barracks Reading Part 2 0

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After my brief service was completed I spent a week in Istanbul and returned to New York. In the meanwhile I picked up a collection of Yasar Kemal’s short stories, Sari Sicak, Teneke ve Diger Hikayeler (Yellow Heat, Tin Can and Other Stories) from my parents’’ library. I was in between cities and about to […]

July 8, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: July 2006 1

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Wait a second. No, seriously hold on. Just a few more minutes. Oh. Sorry. It’s you. I apologize for being late. Well, I only partially apologize. It is to be expected, really, with the Fourth of July striking and the World Cup ending. Yes. The World Cup. Sorry about my rudeness a little earlier – […]

July 8, 2006

The Big Move 1

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In case you haven’t noticed, we have successfully moved. As always the whole experience was rather disconcerting – a several weeks-long build of activity leading into a seriously draining 48 hours, and then, suddenly, it was over. The move itself involved no major disasters, but couldn’t be described as pleasant either. Our first setback occurred […]

July 6, 2006

A way in to Amazon Shorts 0

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Gather.com, the folks who put together a chat with Jonathan Safran Foer not too long ago, have announced a new writing contest. Online writing contests are a dime a dozen, but the cool thing about this one is that the four winning short pieces (fiction or non-fiction) will be “published and sold on Amazon Shorts,” […]

July 6, 2006

Don’t Fear the Pirate 0

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Science fiction author and Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow explains why science fiction writers should be excited that theirs is the “only literature people care enough about to steal on the Internet.” Doctorow has made his books freely available on the Internet – while also selling copies through traditional channels – and has been impressed […]

July 6, 2006

More Amazon Wackiness 0

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As anyone who has worked as a bookseller before can attest, book stores seem to attract a disproportionate number of crazies, people with odd obsessions, questionable hygiene, and/or highly developed eccentricities. Some might decry the modern online book store because it does not allow for this unique slice of life, but, as it turns out, […]

July 6, 2006

Barracks Reading Part 1 5

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It has, once again, been a long time since I wrote to The Millions. My hiatus this time around was due to constant travels and lack of time to read. I managed, nevertheless, to read Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment as intended and began David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I do not dare comment on […]