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October 5, 2011

The Unlovable Nobel Novelist 0

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Why don’t Turks like Orhan Pamuk?  A detailed analysis here.

October 5, 2011

Weird, Wild West: Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers 6

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The territory he takes us through is bleak and nightmarish, teeming with malice and greed, with violent lusts and blank antipathies.

October 4, 2011

Look Out, Booker Bookies 0

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Geoff Dyer, lately everybody’s favorite literary critic, reviews The Stranger’s Child, and tells us why Alan Hollinghurst, “the gay novelist, might also be the best straight novelist that Britain has to offer.” Hear, hear!

October 4, 2011

Not-Paper Planes 0

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We’re not supposed to call it a hypertext, but when you’ve got some time, try playing around with Paul La Farge‘s website for Luminous Airplanes – which will eventually grow to encompass three times as much material as the print edition of the book.

October 4, 2011

Early Word on The Marriage Plot 0

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An early review of The Marriage Plot, at N+1.

October 4, 2011

Reading The Orient Express 0

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The Orient Express began service on this day in 1883—Paris to Istanbul in 83.5 hours. Agatha Christie may be the most famous writer to have capitalized on the train’s romantic allure, but the list of books begins decades before her (Dracula, for example) and goes for decades after.

October 4, 2011

Sloane Crosley’s Travel Advice 0

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Sloane Crosley, this year’s editor of The Best American Travel Writing, out today, wrote some key travel tips for those who are vain, budget-conscious, and notoriously lazy.

October 4, 2011

SF’s Thriving Libraries 0

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Book lovers say it’s nothing to keep quiet about: San Francisco’s libraries are thriving.

October 4, 2011

DARE, Hear Americans Talk 0

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In 1965, researchers set out in campers to hear Americans talk. The Dictionary of American Regional English is a road trip of the mind. (Via Arts & Letters Daily.)

October 4, 2011

Nicholson Baker and Friendly’s 0

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Nicholson Baker talks about why he does so much writing at Friendly’s, a fast food chain that soon may exist only in its descriptions.