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August 12, 2011

Michael Lewis on Germany 0

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In our Second Half of 2011 Book Preview, we picked Michael Lewis‘ Boomerang: Travels in the New Thirld World. To tide you over until it’s released, check out his take on Germany’s economy.

August 12, 2011

Least Favorite “Great Books” 1

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Elif Batuman, Francine Prose, and Lorin Stein are among the critics, authors, and editors who reveal their least favorite “great books.”

August 12, 2011

Distraction-Free Writing Platforms 3

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A new distraction-free writing platform has emerged. Can QuietWrite unseat WriteRoom as the best tool for internet-enabled authors?

August 12, 2011

I Could Show You Memories To Rival Berlin in the Thirties: Christopher Isherwood and The Berlin Stories 4

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To understand Isherwood is to understand his infatuation with liars, which I think makes it reasonable to ask whether he himself was lying, or at least half-lying in a way he could find almost believable. But exactly what is he lying about and why do we as readers long to be taken in?

August 11, 2011

Jay Gatsby, Iconic American 0

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BBC‘s Tom Geoghegan asks whether or not The Great Gatsby is “the perfect tale for modern America.”

August 11, 2011

Levine Named Poet Laureate 0

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Philip Levine has succeeded W. S. Merwin as America’s latest poet laureate. Now is as good a time as any to revisit his interview with The Paris Review. You could also watch one of his readings if that’s more up your alley.

August 11, 2011

Kindle-less Kindle 1

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Amazon has quietly released a web-based Kindle reader.

August 11, 2011

Dispatch from Turkey: Plagiarism Charges Levied at Award-Winning Author 18

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Award-winning polyglot Turkish author Elif Şafak has been accused of plagiarism by a translator in Turkey, where her newest novel Iskender was released on August 1.

August 11, 2011

The Ties That Bind: David Whitehouse’s Bed 0

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We’re introduced to the Edes on Day Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Eighty-Three — that is, the number of days since Malcolm, after going on a real birthday bender, crawled into his childhood bed and, at the tender age of twenty-five, refused to leave.

August 10, 2011

The “Chicken Breast” of Spirits 0

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How has a spirit legally defined as being “without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color” flourished in today’s economic climate? Victorino Matus‘ Weekly Standard article explores the history and ubiquity of vodka. Perhaps this article is best paired with something from NPR‘s list of “Great American Writers and Their Cocktails.”