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July 26, 2011

Friday Night Fumble: When Mediocre TV Masquerades as High Art 44

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Friday Night Lights is bad television. And if it is art, then it is art that is purposefully misleading, which is art of the worst kind. Something is truly rotten in the state of Texas.

July 26, 2011

Staff Pick: The Real State of America Atlas 2

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Where The Real State of America Atlas truly shines is in its demolition of the notion – the enduring fantasy – that America is a land of equal opportunity.

July 25, 2011

A Poor Man’s Jaron Lanier? 0

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I recently sat down for a long and wide-ranging interview with The Faster Times. Topics covered include technology, Taco Bell, technology, Richard Yates, technology, Friday Night Lights, and…er…Internet self-promotion.

July 25, 2011

Shatzkin on Digital Revolution 0

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“The book business is a cork floating on a digital device stream,” writes Mike Shatzkin. Is publishing living “in a world not of its own making?”

July 25, 2011

NPR Commentator to Swim from Cuba to Key West 0

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“More than 30 years after her last big swim, Diana Nyad is back in the water,” writes NPR’s Greg Allen. “Nyad, a former commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, became well-known in the 1970s for her swim around Manhattan Island and, a few years later, for swimming from the Bahamas to Florida. Now, at age 61, she’ll soon […]

July 25, 2011

Edouard Levé’s ‘Suicide’ and Edouard Levé’s Suicide 4

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To write a book about a suicide, to call it Suicide, and to then take your own life before its publication is, whatever else it is, a way of exerting an overpowering influence over how that work is received.

July 24, 2011

Daniel Orozco’s Orientation 0

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Daniel Orozco‘s Orientation collects many of his short stories in one attractive volume. Released last May, the collection features the classic story “Orientation” (Scribd) as well as newer ones such as “Shakers” (Scribd). It garnered enough hype to land him on the long list for this year’s Frank O’Connor Award.

July 24, 2011

Sunday Reading 0

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Booksellers from NYC’s famous indie bookstore McNally Jackson share 5 book recommendations with Harper’s Bazaar. Elsewhere, The Daily Beast has collected the best long reads of the past week.

July 23, 2011

Free Shipping from Powell’s 0

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Portland’s famous independent bookseller Powell’s is offering free shipping for online orders this weekend.

July 23, 2011

Geoff Dyer Gets New York Times Column 1

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Millions favorite Geoff Dyer, author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, is going to start writing a column for The New York Times‘ Book Review. “Reading Life” will detail “the ups and down of his long relationship with the written word. What do we do to books and what do books do to us? […]