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April 26, 2006

The Smithy Code 2

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Can you handle another Da Vinci Code story? It has just emerged that Justice Peter Smith, who presided over the Dan Brown plagiarism trial, embedded a secret code within his ruling that refers to both The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail, whose authors sued Brown. In the first 13 and a half […]

April 25, 2006

Wiki Wiki Amazon 0

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After bringing us rankings and tags and reviews and recommendations and lists and blogs and discussions, Amazon, which never met a feature it didn’t want to add to its product pages, has now added wikis. They live way down close to the bottom of the page. There aren’t many of them yet, and it’s hard […]

April 25, 2006

Some Links 0

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E-paper continues to get press. The New York Times talks up the technology’s potential for newspapers. See also: The digital future of the book. MetaxuCafe is covering the Pen World Voices Festival. Sara Gran, much praised for her book Dope and her blog has a new edition of her book, Come Closer, coming out.

April 25, 2006

Goodnight Moon come to life 2

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Artist Thatcher Hurd, son of Goodnight Moon creators Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd has an art show up at the Rhode Island School of Design that features a three-dimensional life size display from of the illustrations from the book. For more, see the AP story and a photo of the work. (via H2O)

April 25, 2006

Burroughs Book Covers 0

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Check out a terrific collection of William S. Burroughs book covers. There’s 34 Junky covers including editions from Portugal and Turkey, as well as 39 editions of Naked Lunch from places like Norway and the Czech Republic. Lots of other Burroughs books, too.

April 25, 2006

Fiction Contest at Verb 0

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Laurel writes to tell us about a fiction contest that she’s involved with at Verb. Stories up to 5,000 words are eligible and the winner receives $1,000 and publication in an issue of Verb. The judge for the contest is Thisbe Nissen who wrote Osprey Island and once helped my friends find an apartment in […]

April 23, 2006

A Ship of Books 4

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Recently, I happened upon a news story from a paper in India about a floating library, a giant ship of books, that was set to dock in Chennai. It sounded like something out of Borges, and I looked into it further. The MV Doulos is the world’s oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship. In its long […]

April 20, 2006

How to Good-Bye Depression 3

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I’ve seen some pretty wacky self-published books listed on Amazon, but never, ever, have I seen one as purely absurd as this one. The title alone had me giggling: How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way? by Hiroyuki Nishigaki. Luckily a book description is provided as well: […]

April 20, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 45th in a Series (Calvino Questions) 1

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Molly writes in with a question about Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees. I am having a book club meeting to discuss The Baron in the Trees, by Calvino. I am having the hardest time finding discussion questions. Any leads? Millions contributor Emre has read the book, but he’s out of the country and […]

April 20, 2006

Some Thursday Links 1

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Literary gold: Don Baiocchi’s list of books that are responses to other books. The top 50 film adaptations of books. The Guardian never seems to tire of such lists. Benetton, whose Colors magazine is one of my favorites, is participating in the New York festival of Internatonal Literature by hosting a conversation series. They’re looking […]