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August 8, 2008

Selling Yourself: Tao Lin and Wallace Shawn 4


Tao Lin, a young writer with a flair for cleverly drawing attention to his work, is in the news again. His latest scheme is to take investments from “the public” in his novel-in-progress in exchange for a portion of the royalties. The move appears to have been successful; shares are no longer available and Lin […]

August 8, 2008

Writing School for the brave, enthusiastic, and talented 2


I’ve added some fiction writing classes to the Writing Workshops Los Angeles fall roster. If you live in the LA area, and you’re interested in participating in any of these, please email me at [email protected] to reserve a spot. All classes will be held in my Los Feliz home, where refreshments (and the occasional gourmet […]

August 7, 2008

From Medieval to Modern: The Frankfurt Book Fair Through The Ages 1


For over five hundred years, barring a few interruptions, Frankfurt has been a magnet, both commercial and cultural, attracting publishers and printers, scribblers and spies. From neighboring towns to neighboring lands, then later from all of Europe, and eventually from all corners of the globe, anyone with a vested interest in the printed word would […]

August 6, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – November 30, 1987) 0


Buzz Poole, the managing editor of Mark Batty Publisher, has written for numerous publications, and is an infrequent contributor to The Millions. Keep up with him and his adventures in surprising iconography at the Madonna of the Toast blog. The first time I encountered James Baldwin, when I read Another Country, his work resonated immediately. […]

August 5, 2008

Holding a Vigil for a People’s History: an Appreciation of Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward 1


Stephanie Deutsch, a writer and critic living in Washington, D.C., was a first year graduate student in Soviet Union Area Studies at Harvard in 1970 when Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. She had spent the previous year living in Moscow. This essay is an update of an appreciation written ten years […]

August 4, 2008

From the Newsstand: E to Z 1


Again, the current issue of The New York Review of Books features one splendid fiction writer’s meditations on another brilliant fiction writer Last his time, it was Eisenberg on Nádas; this time it’s Zadie Smith considering the critical legacy of E.M. Forster, who provided the inspiration for On Beauty. As a novelist, Forster has suffered […]

August 3, 2008

Curiosities 1


Anne Fernald’s two posts about her grandmother’s editions of Virginia Woolf are a treat. Gwenda Bond of Shaken and Stirred landed on NPR over the weekend to talk about the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables, in honor of which the Modern Library has put out a new edition. The Oxford Project: “In 1984, […]

July 31, 2008

Harry Potter Mania Flickers On 1


J.K. Rowling’s slow, inexorable slide out of retirement continues. As we noted a couple of months ago, “For someone who’s not writing any more books about Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling sure is doing a lot of dabbling.” Earlier this year, we wrote about one of Rowling’s post-retirement dabblings, the production of seven handmade copies of […]

July 29, 2008

A Booker’s Dozen: The 2008 Booker Longlist 1


So long as the Booker Prize keeps longlisting 13 titles, I’m going to keep making that joke. The Booker season is underway with the unveiling of 2008’s longlist. As is often the case, it is a mix of exciting new names, relative unknowns and old standbys. In the later category is Salman Rushdie who, as […]

July 28, 2008

NYRB Classics: Not Just for Grownups 1


We’re not shy about our praise for NYRB Classics. Their volumes are smartly edited and well designed and quite a few favorite books of The Millions contributors – The Dud Avocado, Wheat That Springeth Green, and, of course, The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll – were first encountered in their NYRB Classics incarnations. While I […]