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September 23, 2007

La Plus Ca Change… 2

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I liked this essay better when it was less smug and less poorly reasoned. I think back then it was called “Hysterical Realism.” (via Ed.)

September 22, 2007

Toronto’s fall festivals showcase authors and artists 1

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Another weekend, another festival in Toronto. Millions readers in Toronto take note: Undaunted after a summer of festivals piled on top of festivals (Film, Fringe, Pride, Caribana, Jazz, NXNE, Luminato, and others that I’m sure I’m forgetting), Toronto grabs a few winks, splashes on some water, and bounces back with a few more festivals for […]

September 21, 2007

Murder, Ink: Pelecanos, Price, and Lehane 1

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Longtime readers of this blog may know that I’m an enthusiast of HBO’s serial dramas… which these days is about as unique as being a Springsteen fan. (Which I also am, but nevermind). Still, I don’t spend nearly as much time thinking about The Sopranos or Deadwood as I do thinking about books. And so […]

September 19, 2007

Lamenting ‘Style’ 4

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If the Food Issue is the highlight of the New Yorker publishing year, then the Style Issue is certainly the nadir. Crammed full of glossy ads, the too-thick-to-not-be-a-double-issue magazine dwells endlessly on profiles of fashion industry bigshots, all of whom seem to have shared the same eccentric quasi-European upbringing. (They bring to mind Dr. Evil […]

September 18, 2007

Nothing is Dead Yet: The Era of the Trusted Fellow Reader 3

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What if right now is the golden age of the book, or even the golden age of literary fiction? What if we are living in the golden age of reading, writing, and criticism? But all around us, the dominant trope of the day is death. Is it possible that a decade of poor management at […]

September 18, 2007

Tuesday Links: Power, ReCaptcha, Junot Diaz 1

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Experience “THE POWER OF BOOKS“ You know those annoying puzzles where you type in the letters so the computer knows you’re not a computer creating a fake account or sending spam? A group from Carnegie Mellon is using these “Captchas” to help digitize books. ReCaptcha is a special type of Captcha that displays words that […]

September 17, 2007

Notes on the Brooklyn Book Festival 2

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Like the borough that hosted it, this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival managed to unite seemingly disparate phenomena with a ragtag, homespun charm. Part reading series, part book fair, part publishing-industry confab, part literacy campaign, the second annual BBF had something for nearly everyone, and thus drew thousands to downtown Brooklyn. The literati may have looked […]

September 16, 2007

A MySpace for Books (and Nerds) 2

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Goodreads is a vibrant and feisty place – if you can even call an online community a place. Its slogan boasts, “it’s what your friends are reading!” and perhaps that’s true: the site’s more dedicated members are so busy posting the books they’ve read, and want to read, or are currently reading, that you might […]

September 16, 2007

The Welcome Wagon 1

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The Millions just got a little bit bigger. Longtime readers will recall the occasional post from Edan Lepucki over the years. She worked with me at the bookstore in L.A., so we’ve been talking about books since way back. I’ve always enjoyed her thoughts on books and I think the unique sensibility she brings to […]

September 14, 2007

Google Books Reveals New Features 1

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Google Books has just unveiled a set of new features that should appeal both to digital bibliophiles and the academically minded. In my opinion, the coolest new feature is one called “popular passages.” This feature does two very useful things. First, it cross-indexes and links books to relevant subject matter. So, when you run across […]