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June 26, 2008

An Absence of Feeling: A Review of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland 5

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Netherland is a good book, and much has already been written, here and elsewhere, to that effect. Its central conceit, that of the New York City immigrant subculture of cricket, provides a fresh perspective on a city about which so much has already been written, and the parallel story, of the dissolution of lonely Hans […]

June 25, 2008

The Great New York Novel?: A Review of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland 1

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It has been said, though by whom I can’t remember, that the Great New York Novel is as elusive a creature as the Great American One. Because this city (the argument goes) concatenates the fictional challenges of other urban settings – the scale of Tokyo, the insularity and cinematic overfamiliarity of Paris, the mutability and […]

June 25, 2008

Ask a Book Question: The 63rd in a Series (Chicago Stories) 12

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Rob writes in with this question: I’m a seventeen year old who is going to be spending five weeks this summer in Chicago (to be specific – Evanston, since I’ll be part of Northwestern’s summer high school music institute). I’m a life-long New Jerseyan, and have never been in the city of broad shoulders for […]

June 23, 2008

Ask a Book Question: The 62nd in a Series (Book Review Aggregators) 5

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Margaret wrote in with the question: Why does there not exist (or if it does exist, why isn’t it easy to find) a website for books analogous to Rotten Tomatoes for movies? Wouldn’t that be one way to drive traffic to newspaper book reviews? (In their online form, at least; that would have the added […]

June 22, 2008

Have You Ever Drunk Bailey’s Out of a Shoe? 1

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What is it about the English that draws them again and again to cross-dressing as a cornerstone of comedy? You’d think that three-hundred and some years on from Charles II’s allowing women on the stage – thereby making pre-pubescent male Juliets a thing of the past – we’d have long ago seen the last of […]

June 19, 2008

Ask a Book Question: The 61st in a Series (World War II Books for Younger Readers) 2

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We compiled some excellent lists of World War II fiction and non-fiction a while back, but one topic that wasn’t broached during those discussions was books about the war for younger readers. Ryo wrote in with a question that has spurred us to close that gap: Im a Thirteen Year Old Boy who is interested […]

June 17, 2008

The Millions Quiz: Fresh, Old, and Moldy 7

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So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life the like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

June 16, 2008

Hage Wins the IMPAC 0

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This year’s IMPAC shortlist was quite eclectic, as we noted when it was released. One side effect of this is that the 2008 IMPAC won’t have an impact on the “Prizewinners” tally that we keep. The upshot, of course, is that the IMPAC shed its spotlight on some less well-known names, including this year’s winner: […]

June 15, 2008

Leaving the Bedside: Creating a DIY Literary Scene 1

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Bryan Miltenberg is 22 and he lives in Brooklyn. On occasional Friday and Saturday nights, my otherwise highly domestic living space (couches, TV, dining room table) is transformed, with the help of roommates and friends, into an impromptu artspace/music hall. For anywhere between five and zero dollars, anyone can come in and enjoy the show. […]

June 15, 2008

Curiosities 3

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Much linked elsewhere, Triple Canopy has published the first complete English translation of the Roberto Bolano’s 1999 speech accepting the Romulo Gallegos Prize. Keith Gessen of n+1 and All the Sad Young Literary Men has started a blog. People who like to make grand pronouncements about such things and/or snark about them are all aflutter. […]