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February 16, 2005

Flotsam and Jetsam 0

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Check out some of the good stuff floating around: A bookstore on a boat at The CS Monitor Similarties between David Mitchell’s Number9Dream and Cloud Atlas at Conversational Reading. Tingle Alley discovers that Zadie Smith’s hubby Nick Laird may be getting preferential treatment in the book pages. Aelfred of Dunwoody Recalls a Viking Incursion at […]

February 15, 2005

Staying Sane: A Year in Reading (Part 7) 0

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Next, I turned to my second William Boyd novel Stars and Bars. This modern day comedy is the story of Henderson Dores, an English specialist on Impressionism who moves from London to New York in an effort to switch from academia to the lucrative business of art auctioning and to re-establish his relationship with an […]

February 13, 2005

Iowa Dispatches, Part 1 0

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The search for the person who will fill what is perhaps academia’s most prestigious creative writing job, director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is in its final stages. Four finalists have been announced, Richard Bausch, Lan Samantha Chang, Ben Marcus and Jim Shepard. Each will have an audition of sorts, which includes a reading, a […]

February 13, 2005

Help Needed 0

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Lizzie at Old Hag is on the board of Baltimore’s beloved book exchange, The Book Thing, which needs help. They need to move, and they don’t have the funds. Go here for more info.

February 13, 2005

A sleek marriage of luxury and literature 0

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I got a real kick out of this story about Edward P. Jones doing a reading at a Volvo dealership near Washington, DC. The reading at the car dealership may have been one of the stranger marriages of highbrow art and the mass market. Even Jones said afterward that when he got the invitation, he […]

February 11, 2005

Look Who’s Back 0

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Let’s welcome Ed Champion back from an exile brought on by the unlikely confluence of racist DJs and a careless Indian newspaper.

February 10, 2005

Falcon Turns 75 0

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USA Today rounds up media coverage of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. They share this tidbit, too: The Maltese Falcon was first published serially in five parts in Black Mask magazine from September 1929 to January 1930; Knopf published it as a book in 1930. “There are about […]

February 9, 2005

Books to Laugh with 0

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In 2001, the New Yorker treated faithful readers to Fierce Pajamas, a comprehensive survey of humor culled from the 75-year history of the magazine. When I heard about this, my well-honed cat-like reflexes snapped into action and, three years later, I bought the book. These short pieces, known as “casuals,” include parodies, absurdities and flights […]

February 9, 2005

Foer Excerpt Up 0

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Houghton Mifflin has posted a long excerpt of Jonathan Safran Foer’s forthcoming book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Amazon also has the excerpt up.) And, well, I don’t quite know what to say about it. Have a look. You’ll see. It’s a long, furious stream of consciousness – the warp speed thought process of the […]

February 8, 2005

A Blog in Nepal 0

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I’m going to digress from the book talk here, if I may. I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now, and I really enjoy it. I post when I feel like it, I write about books, and a handful of people visit every day. Discussions ensue; it’s all very fun. But when I see […]