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August 11, 2010

Better Book Titles 0

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Did you think the title of the most recent book you read could’ve been improved if it had been a bit more straightforward?  Then Better Book Titles is for you.  Among their more inspired retitlings:  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Gay Jewish Magicians Kill Nazis), Blink (Everyone is Racist), and The Girl with […]

August 10, 2010

An Objective Look at Seven M.F.A. Rejections 0

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At McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, an objective look at seven M.F.A. program rejections compared to other historic rejections.

August 10, 2010

Interview with Don DeLillo 1

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Robert McCrum at Guardian scores a rare interview with Don DeLillo on his most recent novel, Point Omega, and the process of exploring America through fiction.

August 10, 2010

Dostoevsky Subway Murals in Moscow 0

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NPR reports on the controversial Moscow subway murals depicting violent scenes from Dostoevsky’s books – and the public concern that the murals will make people “afraid to ride the subway.” (via Book Bench)

August 10, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Out this week: Larry McMurtry’s third memoir, Hollywood, about his time in showbiz. Also newly released, the debut effort from Rosecrans Baldwin, You Lost me There.

August 10, 2010

The Way We Used to Walk the Dog 16

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Often, until I am directly confronted with the sight of a girl and her book—a sight outside the purview of my current routines—it can slip my mind that I, too, used to read like that. To love reading like that.

August 9, 2010

Diary of International Pynchon Week 0

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At n+1, Nick Holdstock’s diary of International Pynchon Week, held in Lublin, Poland: “The conference room looked like the United Nations as depicted in ’60s spy movies … on the pad of the man to my left there were no notes, just a drawing of a cat wearing a shirt and tie.”

August 9, 2010

Each Seed Its Own Shell and Coffin: Anthony Doerr’s Memory Wall 2

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Memory Wall walks this perfect line of memorial trepidation. Doerr’s voice has no limits, and each of his six stories quietly probes the grasp we keep on our memories.

August 9, 2010

The ‘Long Time’ of Joan Silber 1

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In Silber’s “rings” of linked stories, the newer stories alter understanding of the earlier stories, until by the very end they have eventually circled back and all affected each other.

August 6, 2010

Jeremy McCarter on James Baldwin’s New Anthology 0

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At Newsweek, Jeremy McCarter reviews The Cross of Redemption, a new anthology of James Baldwin’s previously uncollected essays and public letters: “At a time when serious people claim we live in a ‘post-racial’ society, the reappearance of Baldwin’s writing—insistent, accusatory, outraged—feels like a terrible family secret coming to light in an Ibsen play, or Banquo’s […]