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April 28, 2010

Hey, Hub Fans 0

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Perhaps the best piece of baseball writing ever put to paper (duly praised here), John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” about Ted Williams is being released in a slim, stylish volume from Library of America this week.

April 28, 2010

The Novella is Alive and Well and Living in Canada 8

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While writers have never stopped writing short forms of fiction, Quattro is to be commended for giving this literary form some formal shape and focus.

April 28, 2010

Holden and Middlemarch in Windhoek 7

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Complete with phonies, small things that men love about women, and the mid-1800s equivalent of bathroom graffiti, Middlemarch is a book that I think Holden Caulfield would have grudgingly found acceptable.

April 27, 2010

Telling the Truth in Vietnam: The Spy Who Loved Us by Thomas Bass 2

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The thrust of the Thomas Bass’s book as I read it is that Pham Xuan An was a purveyor of truths, as a spy and a journalist. If journalism can be said to change the course of human events, An worked in two opposing ways to end the war, one directly, with a clear national objective, and the other obliquely, by reporting the ugly facts to the world outside.

April 27, 2010

Thrill Screen: Poetry and Performance 4

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Consider that when this video premiered on MTV, I was four years old. “Thriller” broke all kinds of new ground for the way it merged storytelling, music, and filmmaking, but all that was nothing to the absolute crater this video—and Vincent Price’s reading—left on my tiny, brand-new imagination.

April 26, 2010

PEN World Voices Begins 0

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Attention New Yorkers: The 2010 PEN World Voices Festival kicks off today with Claire Messud, Lorraine Adams, and Norman Rush. Update: Audio of this stimulating discussion of diversity in literature is available at WNYC. And it looks like many World Voices events will be streaming live at the PEN Website, accessible whether you hang your […]

April 26, 2010

The L.A. Times Festival of Books 0

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Speaking of festivals, recaps of last weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are up at Jacket Copy. Rafael Yglesias took home the top fiction prize for his novel, A Happy Marriage.

April 26, 2010

A Bar Bet, Settled 0

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Our friends at More Intelligent Life tot up the most common titles found on New York’s street-corner book stalls.

April 26, 2010

Photosynthesis? 0

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The great Michael Wood takes on Ian McEwan‘s latest, Solar, in The New York Review of Books.

April 26, 2010

Cetology 0

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Classics Illustrated: Draftsman Matt Kish gives Moby-Dick the Zak Smith treatment.