Recent Articles

August 4, 2005

Brando’s pirate tale 0

by

“Under a black cloud, the prison. And within the prison, a bright rebel. The walls were extremely high, and although this was not possible, they appeared to lean inward yet also to bulge outward, and they were topped with a luminous frosting of broken glass.” This, of course, is an excerpt from Marlon Brando’s posthumous […]

August 3, 2005

A Hundred and One Days: a review 0

by

In January 2003, Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad arrived in Baghdad on a 10-day visa. With arrangements in place with various Scandinavian print and television media, the freelancer joined the growing ranks of international press who wanted to witness the changes that were in the air. Well, ten days grew to twenty and eventually to a-hundred-and-one. […]

August 3, 2005

Some links 0

by

“i need more sprawling post-modern novels NOW!” is the plea at Ask MetaFilter. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has thousands of images from their collection online. It’s just like being in the dusty stacks. I’ve been enjoying emdashes lately. It’s a blog about my favorite magazine.

August 2, 2005

Ask a Book Question: The 41st in a Series (Inflating print runs) 0

by

Laurie noticed that she sometimes sees two different print numbers for the same book and wrote in with this question: How do you find out how many copies are being printed of a new book? Is there a single website that lists this? I’ve only occasionally seen the number printed in a first run, sometimes […]

August 1, 2005

Auslander on Michaels 0

by

Shalom Auslander (Beware of God) pens a personal piece about his relationship with Leonard Michael’s book I Would Have Saved Them If I Could for nextbook: “For Michaels, even happy endings aren’t happy. Joy makes you vulnerable. Bad is bad, but good might be worse.” And, while were on the subject of Michaels, I hope […]

August 1, 2005

Summer hours 0

by

As late summer sets in, I find myself lazy, distracted. Like the stockbrokers and lawmakers who spend August relaxing or taking their “recess,” I, too, will be taking it easy. Expect posting to be lighter than usual in the coming weeks, and try to take things slow, if you can.

July 29, 2005

Book List: Food glorious food 0

by

The Guardian reprints a list of the top ten cook books – in order, no less – from Waitrose Food Illustrated. The list includes some classics, as well as some tasty-looking obscurities. These would look so nice on that shelf in my kitchen: Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham (“its […]

July 28, 2005

The economics of used books 0

by

Very interesting article from the NY Times today about Amazon and used books. Many assume that Amazon’s ample selection of used books represents a grave threat to authors and publishers, but some economists who looked into the issue found evidence that just the opposite is true. The key point: “When used books are substituted for […]

July 27, 2005

David Mitchell: The collected blurbs 0

by

Not too many David Mitchell blurbs out there, and some of them are quite brief – cropped for maximum impact by editors, I suspect. Note as well the extremely British use of the term “wrong-footed.” For Strangers by Taichi Yamada: “Highly recommended. A cerebral and haunting ghost story, which completely wrong-footed me.” For The Memory […]

July 25, 2005

Linkage 0

by

The CS Monitor has a little piece about the travails of teenage novelists: “A youthful sensation doesn’t always translate into a distinguished literary career. For many teen authors, that first book proves a hard act to follow. Some never again meet with the kind of praise critics heaped upon their first offerings.” Speaking of (once) […]