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January 27, 2006

Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions – Nilsen, Spiegelman, Chast, Seth, Burns, Ware 0

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A new edition of Voltaire’s Candide with a cover by Chris Ware came out a few months ago. At the time, it was announced that there would other books in this series with covers by other famous artists, and I’ve been waiting to see them ever since. The other other day Penguin’s Summer 2006 catalog […]

January 27, 2006

A Bit about Frey 0

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I haven’t said much about the James Frey fiasco, just because it’s been covered so well by other blogs and news outlets, but I did want to share a couple of thoughts: I was working at a bookstore when A Million Little Pieces first came out in April 2003, and I think it should be […]

January 26, 2006

Four for Three 0

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Not to be a shill for Amazon, but for those who like to save money on books, you can get a fourth book free after buying three books under ten dollars. They’ve got lots of paperback classics that fit the bill.

January 25, 2006

Ship breaking 0

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Anybody who read William Langewiesche’s book The Outlaw Sea or is simply interested in the modern day high seas should take a look at Brendan Corr’s photo essay from Foreign Policy magazine. It chronicles ship breaking in Bangladesh, the process by which the world’s tankers and freighters, ready to be retired but unwanted by any […]

January 25, 2006

Handy 0

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This would come in handy on the train. But would I have the guts to use it in public?

January 24, 2006

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online 0

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The BBC is offering limited online access to the OED as part of a BBC miniseries on the famous (and famously huge) dictionary. Unfortunately, it’s only available until February 13, and according to Boing Boing they are trying to limit access to Brits only. However, you may want to try to get in, because I […]

January 23, 2006

Wade Rubenstein’s Gullboy: A Review 1

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It’s a balancing act. How do you express yourself within a rich tradition without resorting to cliche? The deeper you go into the tradition, into the familiar, the more blindingly original your own expression really needs to be. Take, for example, the songs of Will Oldham. A staggeringly good songwriter, his understated records resonate long […]

January 23, 2006

The White Earth by Andrew McGahan: A Review 0

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Andrew McGahan’s The White Earth was a big deal when it came out in Australia in 2004. His previous novels had given him a following, but The White Earth was the winner of the Miles Franklin Prize, Australia’s richest literary award, catapulting him to a new level of recognition. The book is a multigenerational tale […]

January 22, 2006

The People’s Act of Love by James Meek: A Review 0

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A few of the twentieth century Russian history books that I’ve read have touched on a detachment of Czech soldiers who were stranded in Russia after World War I. The Bolshevik Revolution soon followed and the soldiers remained stranded, thousands of miles from home. The soldiers who numbered as many as 40,000 and were stretched […]

January 21, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 42nd in a Series (Garcia Marquez and Kawabata) 1

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Ashok writes in with this question about a pair of “magical realists:” I heard that Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores can be read as a continuation of a Yasunari Kawabata novel. Can you tell me which is that novel? Kawabata was the first Japanese Nobel Laureate in literature (1968), and while not […]