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July 15, 2011

AIP calls for Mortensen’s resignation 0

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Months after 60 Minutes aired its damning profile of Central Asia Institute’s founder Greg Mortensen (Three Cups of Tea), the American Institute for Philanthropy has called for his resignation. The call comes on the heels of Jon Krakauer‘s investigation into Mortensen’s use of the CAI’s finances.

July 15, 2011

Literary Birthdays 0

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New Directions turned 75 yesterday, so here’s a look back on the history of their colophon. In other birthday news, Iris Murdoch was born on this day in 1919, and tomorrow The Catcher in the Rye turns 60.

July 15, 2011

Bookstores: Aquatic and Secret 1

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In Karen Russell‘s Swamplandia!, there is an enchanting place known as the abandoned Library Boat. “It held a cargo of books,” Ava Bigtree explains, “In the thirties and forties, Harrel M. Crow, a fisherman and bibliophile, had piloted the schooner around our part of the swamp delivering books to the scattered islanders. Then Harrel M. […]

July 15, 2011

Quintessentially English: Middlemarch Between Bristol and Bath 6

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Railway tracks get recycled into public pathways, now; in Middlemarch, they aren’t built yet, and exist only in the form of industrial agents who come to plan their route through the fields, to the dismay of the farmers who don’t understand what they want.

July 15, 2011

Homecoming: Meg Mitchell Moore’s The Arrivals 1

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It’s not the large problems that drive The Arrivals but the small ones—Mitchell’s meticulous attention to detail and the vibrancy with which she portrays the complex emotions of family life.

July 14, 2011

John Sayles’s “Amigo” to Premiere in NYC August 10 0

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The new film by master indie director John Sayles, Amigo, will premiere in New York on August 10th as the opening night presentation of the Asian American International Film Festival. Tickets just went on sale here; Sayles will be appearing in-person for a Q&A.  “Amigo” is Sayles’s 17th feature film and a kind of historical companion piece […]

July 14, 2011

Borders may liquidate 2

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Borders may be on the brink of liquidation. If the deal goes through, you may be able to score some excellent deals.

July 14, 2011

Muldoon’s Commencement Address 0

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Paul Muldoon raised this season’s commencement bar with his address to Bennington College’s Writing Seminar graduates. At The Russian Samovar a few months ago, before reading from Maggot, he explained the phrase “cock a snook.”

July 14, 2011

Books on the Radio 0

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In case you missed it the first time, Tulsa’s KWGS the week re-aired an interview with my co-editor Jeff Martin on our book that came out earlier this year, The Late American Novel.

July 14, 2011

Having trouble falling asleep at night? 2

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Madhu Kaza, a “writer, artist and educator,” has a possible solution for you.  She’ll come into your home 15 minutes before bedtime and sit in a chair beside your bed and read to you from your favorite books until you fall asleep.  Then she’ll let herself out and lock the door behind her.  The free […]