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May 21, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #72 (Books on the Silver Screen) 10

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Kathy wrote in with this question: Our book club is focusing on books made into movies. We read fiction, no murder mysteries. I would like to keep either the book or the movie fairly current. Beloved is as far back as I would like to go. I thought about Wonder Boys and then heard The […]

May 20, 2009

The Anatomy of a Break Up 0

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Thoughts of suicide, depression, and listlessness for weeks on end are just a few ways the loss of a lover is mourned. Unrequited love can open an abyss in which time and activities cease, or it can turn us towards life, as Rilke states in The Duino Elegies, sending us trembling like arrows, leaping into […]

May 20, 2009

Preacher Problems: John Huston and Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood 3

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“I think I’ve been had,” John Huston remarked when he finished filming his adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood, which was just released on DVD by the Criterion Collection. Or at least that’s the story the screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald tells. Huston’s take was that the film had a darkly comic heart, dressed in religious […]

May 19, 2009

Michael Lewis and The Big Short 0

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The contributor’s notes accompanying Michael Lewis’ various pieces over the last year or so have hinted at a new book in the works for Lewis that promises to take on the economic crisis and offer a sequel of sorts to Liar’s Poker, the book that he thought would take down Wall Street. Now we know […]

May 19, 2009

Murakami Fans Rejoice: Counting Down to 1Q84 4

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In just under two weeks, Japanese publisher Shinchosha will be releasing Haruki Murakami’s new novel, 1Q84. The Millions broke the news about the new novel last October, when Murakami discussed it during a reading held at Zellerbach Auditorium in UC Berkeley. Now, with the release of the novel imminent, the Internet is crawling with speculation […]

May 18, 2009

Finding Indie Opportunity on The Kindle 50

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Bryan Gilmer of Durham, N.C., teaches newswriting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and writes for institutional and corporate clients. Until 2003, he was a reporter at Florida’s largest newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times. He has just independently published a crime thriller novel, Felonious Jazz. Last week, I created a Kindle version […]

May 18, 2009

Modern Library Revue: #22 Appointment in Samarra 8

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This book is very spicy. I would imagine that it made an absolute scene upon its publication.

May 15, 2009

Neuromancer: A Book I Like 8

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Sometimes when you’re in a new place and you’re unemployed, it feels like all you do every day is sit at the computer and copy, paste, upload, send, one thousand times, and each time you pray that the job you are applying for is not in fact a fake job, and you’re disappointed 90 percent […]

May 14, 2009

Amazon Gets Into Publishing 0

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Readers may discern a disconnect between the prevailing economic mood and the relentless innovation of online superstore Amazon. Even as whole segments of the economy crumble, Amazon is spearheading a whole new consumer electronics category with the Kindle, and as if that wasn’t audacious enough following it by releasing a bigger, more expensive version. Now […]

May 14, 2009

The Millions is now Available via Kindle 0

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Our ambivalence about the Kindle has been on full display of late. Still, when Amazon recently opened up its Kindle blog subscription program to all blogs it seemed worth trying, if only to satiate our curiosity about what it entails. With The Millions freely available for all readers, its hard to imagine why someone might […]