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December 2, 2010

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books 0

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“The [book] review’s pre-eminence is irrefutable: most people are acquainted with far, far more books through reviews than they could ever hope to read. And that is, generally, to the good.” Joseph Mackin explores why we write and read book reviews for the New York Journal of Books.

December 2, 2010

The Bad Sex Award 0

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What’s it like to win the Literary Review‘s Bad Sex award? As 2010 “winner” Rowan Somerville reports, “It’s a hard pill to swallow … Despite the magazine’s assertion that ‘it’s only a bit of fun’ there’s an atmosphere of bullying peculiar to public schools about the whole thing.”

December 2, 2010

A Year in Reading: Al Jaffee 0

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The atmosphere he has created in his drawings is entirely accurate. The architecture and the clothing of the people rings true.

December 1, 2010

The Magnetic Fields: Rock’s Most Bookish Band? 0

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At the NYRB, the Magnetic Fields’ Claudia Gonson offers a sort of “Life in Reading”: “I was very into Lord Jim for a year.”

December 1, 2010

A Year in Reading: John Banville 1

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These four long essays are remarkable for their sanity and clear-sightedness.

December 1, 2010

The Millions Top Ten: November 2010 2

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One prize winner graduates to our Hall of Fame, another debuts.

December 1, 2010

What Was the Best Book You Read in 2010? 1

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Attention @The_Millions Twitter followers: let us know the best books you read in 2010 via #yearinreading!

December 1, 2010

Margaret Atwood Talks Twitter 0

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“Time goes all stretchy in the Twittersphere, just as it does in those folk songs in which the hero spends a night with the queen of the faeries and then returns to find that 100 years have passed and all his friends are dead…” Margaret Atwood talks Twitter with Robert McCrum.

December 1, 2010

Approaching Your Literary Heroes 0

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“Why can’t we keep our literary heroes where they belong, at the top of the bookshelf next to all the others? And why must we ache for their approval, their admiration, their love?” Alex Gilvarry posts about writers who dare to approach their literary heroes for the Paris Review Daily.

December 1, 2010

A Year in Reading: Fiona Maazel 2

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The book is full of allusion and adventures in form that make this one of the messiest, most honest, and epic revelations of self out there.