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October 12, 2010

J.M. Coetzee on Philip Roth 0

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“If the intensity of the Roth of old, the ‘major’ Roth, has died down, has anything new come in its place?” J.M. Coetzee reviews Philip Roth’s latest novel Nemesis for the New York Review of Books.

October 12, 2010

What Was the Hipster? 0

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n+1 posts several amusing excerpts from their “What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation” piece to be released in full later this month: “Like ‘douchebag,’ ‘hipster’ was a name that no one could apply to oneself. But the opportunity to call someone else a ‘douchebag’: that offered the would-be hipster a means of self-identification by […]

October 12, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Just in time for today’s Booker announcement, a pair of shortlisters are now (or will be tomorrow) available stateside: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut and The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. Ian Frazier’s big travelogue (generously excerpted in the New Yorker) Travels in Siberia is out, as is Adam Levin’s massive The Instructions […]

October 12, 2010

Our Meals, Ourselves: A Short History of Food Writing 5

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“Tell me what you eat,” wrote Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, “and I will tell you what you are.”

October 12, 2010

William Gibson’s Zero History Has A Smirk On Every Page 6

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Gibson has always been fascinated by fashion, not only as an expression of personal style, but as a place where technology and advertising work together, on a global scale, to create and feed human appetites in the name of corporate profits.

October 11, 2010

Reading Dickens in Lagos 0

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George Packer at Lapham’s Quarterly writes of meeting a young Burmese reader of Charles Dickens: “‘All of those characters are me,’ [he] explained. ‘Neither a British nor American young man living in the twenty-first century can understand a Dickens as well as I can…I am more equipped to understand Dickens than modern novels. I don’t […]

October 11, 2010

“Unfilmable” Novel to be Filmed 0

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Salman Rushdie’s “unfilmable” novel Midnight’s Children, winner of the “Booker of Bookers,” is apparently coming to the big screen.

October 11, 2010

How to Write Like a Cartoonist 0

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“Pop Quiz: Which word is funnier, observe or stalk?” Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert,” gives some tips on how to write like a cartoonist.

October 11, 2010

Writing to Win 0

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Adam Gopnik at the New Yorker comments on why we still write to win prizes (and hails Mario Vargas Llosa for having “a lively personal life that includes once punching out another future laureate…Gabriel García Márquez, reportedly over something to do with Mrs. Vargas Llosa. The Nobel thus not only crowns a career but provides […]

October 11, 2010

Carla F. Cohen 0

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Carla F. Cohen, co-owner and founder of legendary Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics & Prose, died this morning.