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December 6, 2006

A Brief History of Book Blogs 2

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Genevieve Tucker, the blogger behind Reeling and Writhing (formerly known as You Cried for Night) has penned an article for The Australian about book blogs that covers briefly the medium’s numerous squabbles and scuffles (have there really been that many? I blame Ed) in what amounts to a history of the nascent “litblogosphere.” A handy […]

December 6, 2006

Programming Note 0

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Thanks to an onslaught of comment spam, which until now I’ve been dealing with manually, I’ve decided to turn on Blogger’s “word verification” to put a stop to it. It’s annoying because it adds an extra step to commenting here, but it’s the best solution right now. If a better way of dealing with the […]

December 6, 2006

A Year in Reading: Charles D’Ambrosio 1

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Auther Charles D’Ambrosio has written two collections of short stories, The Point and, this year, The Dead Fish Museum. He also has a collection of essays, Orphans. D’Ambrosio’s stories regularly appear in the New Yorker and other notable magazines. The best book D’Ambrosio read this year was the autobiography of a jazz musician. “Maybe this […]

December 5, 2006

A Year in Reading: Conversational Reading 0

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Scott Esposito’s excellent literature and culture blog Conversational Reading likely needs no introduction here (don’t forget his Quarterly Conversation either). Lucky for us, Scott has kindly pitched in with his best reads of 2006 for our year end extravaganza at The Millions: Looking over the books I read in 2006, it seems like a banner […]

December 4, 2006

A Year in Reading: Charles Shields 0

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Charles Shields made waves in the literary world this year with his biography of Harper Lee, Mockingbird, and he is now researching his next project, a biography of Kurt Vonnegut. In the meantime, however, he sent along the best books he read this year: I have two books tied for first place, but they excel […]

December 4, 2006

Monday Links 0

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The Rake takes note of the New Yorker’s particularly dark reading of Goodnight Moon. Iain Hollingshead gamely responds to being awarded the “Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award” for his debut novel Twentysomething, which included such turns of phrase as “everything is pure white as we’re lost in a commotion of grunts and squeaks.” […]

December 4, 2006

Insta-Libraries 0

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The Bookfinder.com journal rounds up some links about custom library designers, who do things like “custom-design a $70,000 insta-library for a Saudi Arabian sheik.” Would you like to buy “books by the foot?” (it’s a great way to furnish a room, if not the cheapest) We’ve looked at this phenomenon before, in March and again […]

December 4, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: December 2006 5

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Okay, everyone. Listen up – especially you men out there. There’s a common feeling among casual readers that certain authors are untouchable by the male mind – books that are filled with flowery descriptions and love and all that crap. Books by Woolf, or by either of the Brontes. Or Austen. Or Hugo. Hugo. Victor […]

December 4, 2006

A Year in Reading: George Saunders 1

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George Saunders’ collection of stories, In Persuasion Nation came out this year to rave reviews. He is also the author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Earlier this year, Saunders explained to me why he could never have a blog (internal “labor dispute”), but, hoping that he […]

December 4, 2006

A Year in Reading: Your Best Books 0

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It’s that’s time of year again. For the third year running, I have asked a number of writers, bloggers, and readers to answer the question, “what were the best books you read this year?” I’ll begin posting the responses today, but this year I’d like to open that question up to everyone who reads The […]