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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 […]

December 2, 2006

Coming to You Live from the Shit 0

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While it should come as news to absolutely no one that Sony is readying Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons (IMDb) for the big screen (Would it surprise anyone if Dan Brown’s grocery list fetched an eight figure deal?), what might come as a shock is the price paid to screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. That price, $4,000,000, […]

November 30, 2006

Welcome Noah 0

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As you’ve probably noticed from the new byline attached to the review of Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land that I posted earlier today, we’ve been joined by a new contributor at The Millions. Noah is an old friend of mine whose book reviews have appeared in a handful of publications, and I’m glad […]

November 29, 2006

Lay of the Land by Richard Ford: A Review 0

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Frank Bascombe, the narrator of Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land, must be the most eloquent real estate agent on God’s green earth. Indeed, he once was a writer, as those who have read the other two Bascombe books, The Sportswriter (1986) and Independence Day (1995), will recall. The latter garnered Ford some impressive […]

November 29, 2006

Seeking Tales of Vonnegut 0

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Biographer Charles Shields has already put this request out on many book blogs, but since he asked, I thought I’d share it here, as well: This past June, I published Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. Now I’m beginning work on the first authorized biography – the first biography at all, actually – of Kurt […]

November 28, 2006

Remembering Bebe Moore Campbell 0

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Yesterday, I was watching the headlines as I often do, and I was shocked to see the obituary for Bebe Moore Campbell, author of Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, 72 Hour Hold, and many other books, come across the wires. She died, at 56, from complications of brain cancer. Campbell was a well-known writer, but […]

November 28, 2006

Dave Eggers Waffles 3

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Dave Eggers, as you may have heard, was tapped to write a new introduction to the 10th anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. The piece glows with praise for the gigantic novel, as one might expect (since such intros are, in many cases, packaging to sell the novel.) However, as The Rake has […]