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November 4, 2004

Noted News Items 0

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Paul Auster is still getting mileage out of a short story that appeared in the New York Times on Christmas day 1990. “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” was subsequently released as a limited edition book illustrated by Brian Cronin. The story became the inspiration for the films Smoke and Blue in the Face. Now, Henry Holt […]

November 3, 2004

A Nation Divided 0

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There is a sort of raw bitterness gripping the country these days. People in the red states and the blue states are feeling fear and rancor, and it is directed at each other, not terrorists. From every radio, television, and newspaper, we are hearing that we live in a nation divided. It is true, the […]

November 1, 2004

Monday Linkday 0

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Don’t bother looking for that book you need, a robot will do it for you. Will browsing disappear as robots take over libraries? Mad Max Perkins, “currently a senior executive for a major New York publisher,” has entered the world of blogs. Who is this masked man? Moleskine, maker of the world’s greatest notebooks, has […]

October 31, 2004

East of Eden: An Appreciation 1

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I’ve crossed another classic off of my “to read” list, and boy am I happy I read this one. This was pure satisfaction from start to finish. John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is an amazing book that embodies the intersection of literary weightiness and readability. There are plenty of epics out there that span generations: […]

October 29, 2004

Two More Things 0

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The CS Monitor gives us some tidy capsule reviews of the finalists for the National Book Award in the fiction category. These should get us all up to speed. And also check out Dan Wickett’s interview with the book bloggers, and not just because I’m one of the interviewees. There’s some good stuff in there. […]

October 28, 2004

Keeping up Appearances 0

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The bad news is that the intensity of my grad school program is forcing me to post links in lieu of more substantial efforts. The good news is that I have really good links to tell you about. Some of you may see yourselves in “Thomas H. Benton” an assistant professor whose book collecting is […]

October 27, 2004

Books Are Too Big 0

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Books aren’t too long, they’re too big. They don’t fit in your pocket or purse. You have to cram them into backpacks or shove them under your arm. And I’m not even talking about hardcovers (I can’t afford those); I’m talking about these big paperbacks. Sure, some of them look pretty but wouldn’t it be […]

October 24, 2004

Monday Linkday 0

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The Guardian gives us Booker-winner Line of Beauty “condensed in the style of the original.” Some of you may have already seen this one: The 100 Greatest Books of all Time, also from the Guardian. How many have you read? I’m at 24, and I love that Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim makes the list. To […]

October 22, 2004

Crazy Insane ISBN News 0

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This will probably be of little interest to anyone who is not a book industry professional, but I couldn’t help myself. I happened to notice the other day a mention of the impending adoption of the 13-digit ISBN. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, and it’s the 10-digit number typically found on the back […]

October 21, 2004

Ask a Book Question: The 30th in a Series (Lists of Books) 0

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Jason writes in with this question: Is there a single site just listing new releases from a wide range of publishers? Oh, how I wish there were. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why no one seems to keep lists like this. There are scads of places you can find new music releases, […]