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February 21, 2004

Literary Hollywood 0


When I lived in Washington, DC, I remember there being a slew of excitement in the local newspapers and in local bookstores when a book like Primary Colors came out. Local interest is a big seller in books, especially when there’s scandal involved. Here in Los Angeles this means that books about Hollywood get top […]

February 19, 2004

Big Changes 0


You may have noticed: instead of posting about books, I’ve been redesigning The Millions. I would love to hear any comments or suggestions. Also, check out the new feature: New York Times book headlines, just below the Ask a Book Question area.

February 17, 2004

Been Hearing Good Things About… 0


Looking for some new fiction? Here are the new books that people are talking about: The Maze by Panos Karnezis; a profile from The Independent The Epicure’s Lament by Kate Christensen; a review from the Barcelona Review The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer; the San Francisco Chronicle reviews this tale of a […]

February 16, 2004

Books in the News 0


Some things I’ve noticed today: This review of a new biography of one the founding fathers of fantasy and science fiction, H. P. Lovecraft. What’s interesting about this bio is that it is done in the form of a graphic novel, a fitting medium in which to describe the life of a visionary. Lovecraft was […]

February 15, 2004

Lots More Books to Read 0


I’ve acquired some books over the last month in various ways, and now I have added them to the reading queue, which at its current swollen proportions will take me over a year to get through. Here’s what I’ve added. As mentioned in this post, I snagged a copy of The Glory of Their Times, […]

February 12, 2004

My Review of The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard 0


I finished the book yesterday during a long afternoon spent in bed recovering from my illness. It was an especially fitting setting. The Great Fire is full of languid afternoons and young men beset by obscure diseases and weary from the war. I enjoyed the setting; the sense of war nearby, war recently ended and […]

February 11, 2004

I’m Back 0


I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, but I think I’m starting to get better. I’m well enough to post here anyway. Which is good, because I noticed a couple of books that I thought people might be interested in. Remember a few years ago when everyone was suddenly talking about “string theory?” This […]

February 7, 2004

Hey Rock and Roll Fans 0


Realistic Records, the record label that Derek and I run out of the crawl space beneath his apartment, has a new cd out! It’s the cd version (featuring 3 new songs) of the Recoys record that we put out last summer. So, if you are into the Walkmen and are digging their new album, Bows […]

February 6, 2004

Campaigning 0


I’ve been having a really good time following the race for the Democratic nomination. As is usually the case with me and politics, I’m far more interested as an observer than as a participant. The daily maneuvering makes for good reading. I’ve mostly been following the action at The Note, the daily column put together […]

February 5, 2004

News Roundup 0


Now the much-vaunted “Oprah effect” has hit Britain, where a brief mention of Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea on a popular daytime show caused sales to go through the roof. Stunned by the response, the hosts claim that they will once again press their producers to allow them to start a book club. It’s […]