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January 25, 2009

Curiosities: Cartoon Batting Averages 1

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Colson Whitehead says “Wow, Fiction Works!“ The LA Times has a clip from the movie version of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, directed by The Office star John Krasinski. (via) Carolyn writes about the real-life connection between Walker Percy and Bruce Springsteen. The Village Voice shows off the final results of its […]

January 22, 2009

Culture and Vigilance: Look for the Whimper, Not the Bang 3

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As media business models falter, from The New York Times to the big book publishers, the calamity that seems to have overtaken the public imagination is one of sudden extinction. In Michael Hirschorn’s “what if” piece in the Atlantic Monthly, he asks, But what if the old media dies much more quickly? What if a […]

January 21, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere 2

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I have a short story in the latest issue of Avery, a young literary magazine I’ve written about before. Avery 4 also includes fiction by Hannah Tinti, Kevin Canty, Rumaan Alam, Samar Fitzgerald, Sophie Rosenblum, Scott Garson, Callie Collins, James Iredell, Jessica Breheny, Sean Walsh, Anna Villegas, and Michael Bourdaghs. It’s wonderful to have found […]

January 20, 2009

Après Moi, Le Deluge: A Review of Barton Gellman’s Angler and Jane Mayer’s The Dark Side 1

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For civil libertarians, the inauguration of President Barack Obama augurs not only a brighter future, but a chance to shed light on the recent past. It goes almost without saying that the Bush Administration has, with its declaration of permanent war and attendant claims of executive privilege, sought to move the balance of power in […]

January 20, 2009

Old Media is Dead, Long Live Old Media! 0

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NPR’s On the Media ran a feature recently on entrepreneur Joshua Karp’s new startup the Printed Blog (TPB), a web aggregator that takes the best online content and… puts it on paper. Karp plans to print TPB twice a day and hand it out for free in major urban outlets. Content and advertising will be […]

January 19, 2009

Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Screen? 1

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Lately, critics have been swift to announce the death of print culture, and thus pronounce the end of literacy. Even two technology critics whose opinions usually reside on opposite ends of the spectrum – Kevin Kelly of Wired and Christine Rosen of The New Atlantis – agree that culturally, we are now “people of the […]

January 19, 2009

Welcome Anne 0

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Join us in welcoming our newest regular contributor at The Millions: Anne K. Yoder is a writer living in Brooklyn. She is the former books editor of KGB Bar Lit, and her writing has appeared in Tin House, BlackBook, and PopMatters. She moonlights as a pharmacist in the West Village. You may remember the two […]

January 18, 2009

Curiosities: As Compiled by a Hologram 0

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So much to hate: The Beast’s 50 Most Loathsome People in America 2008 Bookshelves gone wild: Plant your tree of knowledge next to your literary playground. At the Vroman’s Bookstore blog, Patrick talks about why “books need more time,” and looks at how one book is getting more than the one week it was given. […]

January 14, 2009

Books as Objects: Artifacts and Armaments 2

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If you thought books were just to read – to entertain, educate or enlighten – then think again. Macleans Magazine ran a piece recently on a little bookshop in Old Montreal that displays its wares as museum-pieces. Librissime offers Dante’s Divine Comedy, “bound in buttercream-white calfskin leather, a hand-chiseled brass rendering of the crossing of […]

January 13, 2009

Staff Picks: Simenon, Johnson, Suskind, McPhee, Herzog 0

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The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, these books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. Red Lights by Georges Simenon recommended […]