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April 20, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 1

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On shelves this week are Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey, The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall, and a provocative new book by Philip Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

April 20, 2010

Lionel Shriver: America’s Best Writer? 34

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With her new novel, So Much for That, Lionel Shriver strengthens her already credible claim to the title of best living American writer. That’s okay. We were the same way with Faulkner and Poe. Nothing’s more American than not quite recognizing some of our most accomplished artists.

April 20, 2010

Rumored Seasons: John Crowley’s Little, Big 12

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For the first hundred pages or so, I felt the way I feel when I eat a hardboiled egg too fast and I have to stand still, sipping water until the thickness passes through my gullet.

April 20, 2010

The Modest Proposal Cookbook 0

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Also at The Guardian, Penguin’s typo/Freudian slip heard round the world: a recipe for tagliatelli with “salt and freshly ground black people.”

April 20, 2010

The Historian, His Wife, Her Venom, His Rivals 0

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At The Guardian, the intriguing case of historian Orlando Figes and his wife’s savage Amazon reviews of her husband’s rivals’ books.  The case begs the question: should Amazon allow anonymous reviews?

April 19, 2010

The Vollmann Wears Prada 0

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Just in time for the publication of Kissing the Mask, it’s…Wilhelmina T. Vollmann! If this were a TLC album, it would be called Scarysexyapposite. (via)

April 19, 2010

The Novel vs. The Net 0

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Sven Birkerts, still working through arguments begun in The Gutenberg Elegies, suggests in The American Scholar that “the novel and the Internet are opposites.” (via)

April 19, 2010

Becoming David Grann 0

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The brilliant New Yorker reporter David Grann discusses his new collection, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes.

April 19, 2010

Charlestopher Ditchkins 0

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Hitchens + Dickens = Ditchens. (Or is that Hickens?)

April 19, 2010

The Lonesome Death of Lit-Fic 0

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Guernica picks a scuffle with the VQR‘s Ted Genoways over what’s killing literary fiction. (Writers? Editors? M.F.A.s? How about late capitalism? Or the term “literary fiction?” Or the surfeit of articles about its demise?)