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March 22, 2011

Whale Music 1

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Just before Christmas a package arrived containing what I imagine is the only extant edition of Melville’s leviathan that—excluding preface, reviews, letters, commentaries, and scholarly articles—comes in shy of five hundred pages. The tiny print like lines of black pepper ground over a white sauce.

March 22, 2011

Aloha, Imperialism: Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes 7

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This double-sided approach – a keen insight into the forces of history combined with an appreciative delight in the coincidental – is so unmistakably her own it might as well be called Vowelling.

March 21, 2011

The Full Stop Book Club 0

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Hot new online magazine Full Stop has chosen The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books as its inaugural book club selection. The discussion will be happening all this week.

March 21, 2011

Quark Winner 1

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Big congrats to Millions staff writer Edan Lepucki whose essay “Reading and Race: On Slavery in Fiction” has come in second for the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize.

March 21, 2011

The Great Read Shark: Fear and Loathing at 40 27

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When the Flower Children finished sitting in and singing mean songs about the president, most cut their hair and found jobs. But not Raoul Duke.

March 18, 2011

Round One is In the Books 0

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As round one of the Tournament of Books wraps up, The Morning News offers some statistical analysis as well as some commentary that addresses the competition and controversies thus far. Round two commences next week!

March 18, 2011

The New Yorker on The Late American Novel 0

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The folks at The New Yorker’s Book Bench offer their take at The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books. (Spoiler Alert: Katherine Hepburn gets a shoutout.)

March 18, 2011

The Millions Interview: Alejandro Zambra 2

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Zambra is at the forefront of Latin American literature. He is young, Chilean, and writes with a poetic lucidity that engages a reader from the first line.

March 18, 2011

Laugh Lines: Mike Sacks’s Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason 1

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Do you perform yoga in parks? Do you carry an NPR Fresh Air tote bag? If you don’t mind getting made fun of, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason is for you.

March 17, 2011

A helping hand 0

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This week, Melville House is donating all profits from books purchased on their website to Japan disaster relief.