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June 7, 2004

New Books and Excerpts 0


Shooting the Heart by Paul Cody — review, excerptThe Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser — review, excerptThe Laments by George Hagen — excerpt (being touted as a “hot sleeper”)

June 4, 2004

Ask a Book Question: the Twentieth in a Series (A Guide to Yoknapatawpha County) 0


Edan and her beau have decided that they want read one of America’s greatest writers, but they don’t know where to start: Neither my boyfriend nor I have ever read any William Faulkner. We thought it might be fun to read one of his novels at the same time, so we could talk about it […]

June 3, 2004

New Books and a New Award 0


Some new books that are getting lots of praise, and some excerpts from those books: Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis — review, excerpt Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt — review, excerpt You Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon — review, excerpt Crossing California by Adam Langer — review Also […]

June 2, 2004

Some New Books 0


The Washington Post raves about David Sedaris’ latest book Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Here’s an excerpt. At the local chain store I noticed, prominently displayed, David Foster Wallace’s new collection of short stories, Oblivion. Here’s an excerpt from that one. Also in the news, Oprah makes her summer selection, and in keeping […]

June 1, 2004

Statistics and Commissions 0


There’s an article in the New York Times today about a Princeton undergrad who used statistical analysis to illuminate the biases of New Yorker fiction editors. Katherine L. Milkman read 442 stories printed in The New Yorker from Oct. 5, 1992, to Sept. 17, 2001, and “one main conclusion was that male editors generally publish […]

May 31, 2004

Busy Summer Days 0


Not to make excuses, but when you’re helping plan a wedding, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for things like blogging. I’ll keep posting as often as I can, though. So without further ado, here are three interesting news items that caught my eye today. The first, from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the suggestion […]

May 27, 2004

This and That 0


Attention prospective authors: not to discourage, but the number of books coming out each year is getting out of hand. According to Bowker, a company that compiles and distributes bibliographic information, approximately 175,000 different books came out in 2003, a rise 19% from the previous year. Many believe this “book glut” is at least partly […]

May 26, 2004

The Big Bug Invasion 0


Even though this blog is devoted almost exclusively to books, I would be remiss if I did not mention the remarkable natural phenomenon that has been going on around me these past few days. The 17 year cicadas have emerged en masse from underground. Everyone, I’m sure, in their lifetime has had an encounter with […]

May 25, 2004

Recommendations from Friends 1


My friend Edan writes in to remind me about the latest issue of McSweeney’s. Typically I find that McSweeney’s are fun to look at, a mishmosh of interesting design and writing that doesn’t stick to your bones, but I’m genuinely excited about this McSweeney’s in a way that I haven’t been excited about any previous […]

May 24, 2004

Keegan, Library, and Amber 0


Yesterday I mentioned John Keegan’s latest book, The Iraq War. The book is meant to be an overview of the conflict, yet in the eyes of most people the Iraq War is still brewing. Yes, large scale military operations have long been over with, but, with breaking news coming from the region daily, one suspects […]