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March 22, 2005

Some good posts and other notes 0

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The Rake is underwhelmed by a Lily Tuck reading, but nonetheless manages to put together a characteristically amusing recap of the event. Now that’s dedication. Ed visits used bookstore run by the cranky and paranoid and lives to tell the tale. CAAF on good vs. bad protagonists. McSweeney’s fans: I couldn’t help but notice that […]

March 21, 2005

The New New Journalists 0

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Robert Boynton, a journalism professor at NYU, has taken a look at the journalism landscape and determined that the craft has moved an iteration beyond Thomas Wolfe’s anointing of a New Journalism in 1973. Boynton’s book, which he has titled The New New Journalism looks at the more recent crop of in depth journalists – […]

March 19, 2005

Book Critics Winners announced 0

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As others have mentioned, the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night. Here they are with some links to excerpts and/or reviews if you want to know more about the books: Fiction: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – excerpt, review Nonfiction: The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch – excerpt, review Biography: De […]

March 18, 2005

Upcoming Books: Matthew Kneale, Andrew Miller, James Salter 0

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Matthew Kneale won the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2001 for his maritime historical novel English Passengers. Now Kneale has a collection of stories out that takes a more contemporary look at traveling. Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance is about the complexities of exploring today’s world. A review in The Scotsman […]

March 18, 2005

Gourevitch and the Paris Review 0

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Initially I found yesterday’s announcement of Philip Gourevitch’s hiring as editor of the Paris Review to be odd. I know him best for his journalism in the New Yorker and his much praised works of non-fiction, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families and A Cold Case, but […]

March 17, 2005

Quick Notes 0

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The Washington Post discusses the literary pedigree of the town where I was born, went to college, and got married. A good review of Jonathan Lethem’s new collection of essays, The Disappointment Artist in the New York Observer. Got a nice note from Ulrich Baer, editor and translator of a new book put out by […]

March 16, 2005

Review: All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane 0

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Though Elizabeth Crane’s All This Heavenly Glory is billed as a collection of stories, after just a few, I shifted into novel mode, which was easy to do, seeing as the whole collection is about one character viewed in many snapshots from the age of 6 to 40, Charlotte Anne Byers. Those who who have […]

March 16, 2005

Review: 13: The Story of the World’s Most Popular Superstition by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer 0

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There are probably scads and scads of books like 13. I’ve seen them in libraries and used book stores. They are books that take on one topic and mine it for endless anecdotes and historical curios, but they don’t claim that by looking through the prism of the topic at hand, a reader can discern […]

March 16, 2005

Ask a Book Question: The 36th in a Series (Beyond Eco, Way Beyond Da Vinci) 1

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John writes in with this question: Anyway, I have a question about a book: As an Umberto Eco fan, and having read Foucault’s Pendulum and loved it, I am skittish about becoming physically ill if I read The Da Vinci Code. Should I be worried? Did Eco already write the book and Brown stupidize it? […]

March 15, 2005

Upcoming Books: Seth Greenland, Amy Hempel, Joshilyn Jackson, A.L. Kennedy 0

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Just out is The Bones, the debut novel of playwright and screenwriter Seth Greenland. The title of the novel refers to washed-up shock comic Frank Bones who tries to resurrect his career by calling on a now-successful sitcom writer acquaintance of his from years ago. The reviews are starting to come in on this one, […]