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March 23, 2009

Everybody’s Holocaust: Jonathan Littell’s Fictional Nazi and Postmodernity’s Double Bind 9

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“You couldn’t tell that story in the same words that Americans used to order pizzas, let alone in little pictures.” – Jay Cantor, Great Neck I. Last fall, a preview for a movie called The Boy in The Striped Pajamas began running in American theaters. The film’s marketing team had no doubt noticed that October […]

March 23, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere: Judgment Day 0

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The day of reckoning has arrived. I’ve passed judgment on Shadow Country and The Lazarus Project for The Morning News Tournament of Books. Which book did I pick? Click to find out.

March 21, 2009

Curiosities: The King of Pop 0

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Appearing Elsewhere 1: Be sure to check the Tournament of Books on Monday for Max’s judgment. Which will be the victor, Shadow Country or The Lazarus Project? Appearing Elsewhere 2: Check out Millions contributor Emily’s review of D.J. Taylor’s Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age at The Washington Times. Further Reading: […]

March 19, 2009

Quarterly Report: No Book Talk, Just Bad News 2

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As we have every quarter for the last several, we’re looking at Barnes & Noble’s recent quarterly report to gauge the trends that are impacting the book industry – which books were big over the last few months and what’s expected for the months ahead. For the 4th quarter ended January 31st, it wasn’t pretty. […]

March 19, 2009

Contra Slumdog: A Review of Paul Theroux’s The Elephanta Suite 2

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Barry Slawter is a writer based in Philadelphia. Paul Theroux is often best known for his travel writing, so it can be surprising to learn that a recent collection of three novellas, The Elephanta Suite, is the American author’s 30th published work of fiction. All three stories are set in India, and I found it […]

March 18, 2009

The Millions’ Collaborative Atlas of Book Stores and Literary Places 47

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Update: Because Google’s tools for maintaining this map are limited, and because the map was getting frequent spammy and irrelevant edits, we’ve closed the editing feature on the map for now. In the meantime, the map includes plenty of stores and places to check out. Hopefully we’ll be able to allow people to add to […]

March 17, 2009

Behaving Badly: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower 1

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I was first alerted to Wells Tower’s existence in 2004 when a reader emailed asking what I knew about him. The answer was “nothing,” but I did a little digging and found some impressive long-form journalism, primarily in Washington Post Magazine and a growing reputation as a short fiction writer centering mainly on his Pushcart […]

March 17, 2009

Islands in the Stream: Our “Walking Tour of New York’s Independent Bookstores,” Revised and Expanded 19

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**We’re doing a version of this tour in May. Click here to get all the details. I. Introduction By the time our original “Walking Tour of New York’s Independent Bookstores” hit the web in 2007, its first stop – the Gotham Book Mart – had closed its doors for good. As I type these words, […]

March 16, 2009

Modern Library Revue #68: Main Street 4

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Modern Library Revue is Lydia Kiesling’s irreverent, ongoing treatment of the Modern Library’s 100 best novels of the twentieth century. Lydia is a graduate of Hamilton College. She is an ardent book-lover and has spent the last two years working in the antiquarian book trade. The Modern Library project was recently born at her blog, […]

March 15, 2009

Curiosities: Thug, Libidinal, Linoleum, Limn 0

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The Tournament of Books rolls along with a few first round upsets (Congratulations, Sarvas!), but the highlight thus far might be a glimpse of Junot Díaz’s one-of-kind victor’s shirt from last year. Meanwhile, Stop Smiling offers up a Díaz interview. John Leonard’s son compiles a concordance to his father’s vigorous criticism, in which “thug,” “libidinal,” […]