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January 14, 2010

Edwidge Danticat on Earthquake in Haiti 0

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Video of Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat talking about the earthquake in Haiti at Democracy Now.

January 14, 2010

Sleep Talkin’ Man 1

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“I can’t control the kittens. Too many whiskers! Too many whiskers!” A woman writes down everything her husband says in his sleep.  Why isn’t this on Twitter?  (via attackattack.tumblr.com)

January 14, 2010

The Great Book Purge of 2010 41

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For about a year, the books in our apartment threatened to swallow my husband and me. Adding another bookcase, like adding another lane to an already clogged freeway, didn’t help–it only encouraged us to read more.

January 14, 2010

The Marble Faun: Hawthorne Feeds on Shadows 1

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Has there ever been another writer of dark, morbid, surrealistic fiction who is as warm and humane as Nathaniel Hawthorne?

January 13, 2010

Avatar in Russia 0

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James Cameron just can’t win with the Reds. Not just the Chinese communists, but the Russians, as well, have taken issue with Avatar‘s politics.

January 13, 2010

Jason Epstein on Charlie Rose 0

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Jason Epstein, editor of literary and culinary greats  (Norman Mailer, Alice Waters), co-founder of the NYRB, and life-long food lover talks with Charlie Rose about his latest book, Eating: A Memoir, and the past and future of book publishing.

January 13, 2010

The Puddlies 0

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Powell’s Books announces their Puddly Awards. Vote for your favorite book of the last decade.

January 13, 2010

Selections from a Winter Reading War and Peace 9

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Reading War and Peace, there is the sense of beginning one of the great experiences one might have in a lifetime. It is an enervating feeling, but also a melancholy one.

January 13, 2010

The Girl Who Played Bestselling Literary Heroines 2

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As Stieg Larsson’s thrillers hit the screen, speculation on who will play the leading lady.

January 12, 2010

Pandora’s Box: Avatar Sparks Debate in China 5

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Chinese viewers see parallels between the movie’s plot and one of the nation’s most prominent social issues: the forced removal of Chinese citizens from their homes for government development projects.