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January 4, 2010

Millions Meta-Data 2009 0

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Before we get too far into 2010, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2009.

January 3, 2010

The Millions Top Ten: December 2009 2

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Four books debut on the list: Powell, McCann, Pevear and Volokhonsky, and Bouillier. David Mitchell vaults into the top spot.

January 1, 2010

Appearing Elsewhere 2

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My (very) short story “Pretzel Girl” is up at FiveChapters; it’s part of their second annual Infinite Chapters series, wherein a story is posted each day for a little over two weeks.  So far, there are stories by Paul Yoon and Jami Attenberg, among others.

December 31, 2009

The Berlin Stories: A Book for Year’s End 3

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The Berlin Stories is two short novels, published separately in the 1930s. It was an inspired pairing. Together they flesh out the world Isherwood describes: Berlin of the very early 1930s, imperfect in the extreme, but a paradise for Isherwood’s hitherto uneven talent.

December 30, 2009

Year-End Reflections: The Great and The Good 1

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It’s a thread I sense in most writers I know — that if a good amount of our first-fruit time and energy are going to be spent either in solitude or promoting our own work, we want also to make sure we are not atrophying in our human connectedness.

December 29, 2009

Overlooked Books of the Decade 0

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The Daily Beast offers up a list of “the most overlooked reads of the past 10 years – none of which involve a wizard, a vampire, or a code” from John McGahern’s By the Lake to Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol.

December 29, 2009

Kindle Wins Christmas? 2

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Amazon announced that on Christmas day it sold more Kindle ebooks than regular books (and that the Kindle is not the site’s most popular gift ever). Chadwick Matlin outlines at The Big Money the reasons why the Christmas day surge in ebook sales don’t matter. The New York Times suggests each new version of the […]

December 29, 2009

Difficult Books: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 6

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Woolf’s writing can feel disconcerting, confusing, and frustrating; It can also seem numinous, exquisite, utterly absorbing.

December 28, 2009

Off Campus Housing: Richard Rushfield’s Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost 3

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The Supreme Dicks seem to oppose more or less everything and everyone else. And therein lies the greatness of this book.

December 27, 2009

Translation by the Numbers 0

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Three Percent crunches the numbers on all the translated fiction and poetry published in the U.S. in 2009. The overall numbers were down in 2009 from 2008. The top language to be translated? Spanish, followed by French, German, Arabic, and Italian. (Thanks, Laurie)