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January 3, 2005

Quality over Quantity 0

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Here in Iowa City, the only town in America whose economy is fueled entirely by football, alcohol and literature, we get more than our share of readings to attend. While I don’t make it to all of them, I did manage to hear Marilynne Robinson read a few weeks ago. Ms. Robinson is an enchanting […]

January 3, 2005

The Welcome Wagon 0

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I’d like to welcome another new contributor to The Millions. I worked with Patrick Brown at the book store in Los Angeles for a couple of years, and when I moved to Chicago, he moved to Iowa. Above this post, please enjoy the first of what I hope will be many contributions from Patrick.

January 2, 2005

Staying Sane: A Year in Reading (Part 1) 0

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I started 2004 with Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn. It surprised me greatly as I had finished Tropic of Cancer only about a month prior and expected more of what I imagined to be crazy real life accounts – starvation, the artists’ world in 1930s Paris, heavy boozing, sex, sex, and more sex. There’s a […]

January 2, 2005

The Welcome Wagon 0

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It’s my pleasure to introduce to you a new contributor to The Millions. Emre is an old friend of mine and I’ve always enjoyed our literary discussions. Emre read a lot of books last year, and he put together a diary of his reading experience. My plan is to post a segment of it each […]

December 29, 2004

Naked in Baghdad by Anne Garrels and In the Company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson 0

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As the war in Iraq commenced what seems like ages ago with the frenetic coverage of embedded reporters and the televised firefights, I remember looking forward to reading some of the books that would inevitably come out of this media frenzy. In the nearly two years since there have been many of these books, some […]

December 28, 2004

New Year’s Resolution 0

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When I asked people earlier this month to tell me about the best book they read this year, several wrote back to say that they honestly couldn’t because, over the course of a long and busy year, they had forgotten many of the books that they had read. Now I’m sure that they could have […]

December 20, 2004

Year End Loose Ends 0

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The holidays are upon us, and I suspect that many of the folks reading this will be cutting out early this week. I think I’ll do the same, so don’t expect much in this space until 2005. I’m glad everyone seemed to enjoy the year end extravaganza. It was great fun seeing what everyone read […]

December 18, 2004

On the Merits of Weschler 0

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Brooklyn’s Doug Diesenhaus shares his favorite read of the year. Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet Of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler – In reading Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, I had an experience similar to the author’s sense of dislocation in observing his seductive subject, the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. He writes, “the visitor to […]

December 17, 2004

From One Foodie to Another 0

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Edan Lepucki is extremely well-read, but she also has a not-so-secret passion for cookbooks. Thankfully she has decided to share the wealth with this guide to the year’s best. Over the past two years, my hobby for cooking food, (and then, eating it), has become a somewhat overwhelming passion. Now that I’m knee-deep in a […]

December 16, 2004

LBJ and Much More 0

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Patrick Brown, one of my old bookstore compatriots, is now living in Iowa, a circumstance that affords him a lot of reading time. Here are his favorite reads of the year: Non-Fiction (and Best overall for the year): Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 2 by Robert Caro. This biography, which is […]