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September 15, 2003

Random Roundup of Recent Books 0

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Sorry about the infrequency of updates. I saw the Walkmen play two nights this weekend. The new songs are great. The new album will be called Bows and Arrows and it’ll be out some time next February. If you’ve read much of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I am a fan of food writing […]

September 11, 2003

Dispatches from the Front 0

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Not too long ago, on a book finding expedition, I found a whole cache of old Granta magazines. Granta is very cool journal devoted to both short fiction and on the ground reporting of international conflicts and events. It attracts fantastic writers who tend to be relatively unknown to Americans, and so it tends to […]

September 9, 2003

Ask A Book Question: The Seventh in a Series (Calling All Readers of Hesse) 1

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C. Ryan Edwards wrote in hoping to jumpstart a discussion on one of his favorite authors, Hermann Hesse: I was hoping to start some discussion of one of my favorite books by mentioning hesses’s the glass bead game or magister ludi whichever one wishes to call it. Have you read it? It did gain hesse […]

September 9, 2003

Ask A Book Question: The Sixth in a Series (Santa and the Romans) 0

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Richard Smith writes in trying to track down what sounds like a very cool story. Hopefully someone can help him out I read a story in a compilation book in the 70′s about Santa Claus, but you didn’t know it was about Santa Claus. I want to know how to get a copy again. It […]

September 5, 2003

The Millions Guest Contributor: Author, Kaye Gibbons 1

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I had the pleasure of making Kaye Gibbons’ acquaintance via email, and I have very quickly become a big fan. Aspiring writers and precocious readers could learn a lot from her. One of the more noteworthy events of Gibbons’ distinguished career was the selection of two of her books, Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman […]

September 3, 2003

A Noted Debut 0

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My good and old friend Garth, while describing what struck at his most recent visit to a book store, alerted me to an intriguing first novel by a 26 year old writer. According to the Washington Post, “Matthew McIntosh, young and despondent though he may be, is the real thing.” His book is called Well, […]

September 1, 2003

Ask a Book Question: The Fifth in a Series (The Russians Are Coming) 0

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All of a sudden I’ve worked my way pretty quickly through the pile of books I have lying around, so I was digging through my shelves looking for what to read next. I dug up an old copy of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov that I’d come across on a book finding expedition a while […]

August 31, 2003

My Thoughts on The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 0

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The modern novel seems to have always been about the self – so often characters are drawn from life, episodes derive from anecdotes, the narrator from the author himself. Modern writers are not slapping together memoirs and changing the names and places. They are much more graceful about it. It is more accurate to say […]

August 25, 2003

Ask a Book Question: The Fourth in a Series (What’s in a Name) 0

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Garth poses this topic: Here’s a fun, listy book question based solely on opinion (these are my specialty): titles. As you can tell from the blank subject line above, titles are hard for me. I’ve always admired Hemingway’s titles, and I was just reading East of Eden, when I thought, damn, that’s a good title. […]

August 25, 2003

On the Road 0

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Books being read on the New York City subway a few days ago: The Cider House Rules by John Irving, White Teeth: A Novel by Zadie Smith, and Everything’s Eventual : 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King.