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August 9, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Grossman, Baker, Dyer, Pierre, Wilson, Mukherjee, Grossman 0

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In a big week for new releases, we have Lev Grossman’s The Magician King, the sequel to his blockbuster debut The Magicians; Nicholson Baker’s House of Holes, reviewed here today; another new Geoff Dyer book, The Missing of the Somme; DBC Pierre’s Lights Out in Wonderland; and Kevin Wilson’s debut novel The Family Fang (which […]

August 9, 2011

Ham Steaks and Manstarch: Nicholson Baker Returns to the Sex Beat 4

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House of Holes is a carefully constructed contrivance, a vehicle for exploring a fantasy that could exist only in a country that’s both obsessed with sex and deeply conflicted about it. In short, it’s every pubescent boy’s wet dream. But is it good fiction?

August 8, 2011

Kesey Documentary 0

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A new documentary on Ken Kesey and his band of Pranksters “presents the LSD-loving pioneers who spawned ’60s counterculture in their own words and images.”

August 8, 2011

“He could easily get seasonal work as a shopping-mall Santa.” 0

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“Mad scientist of smut” Nicholson Baker gets the New York Times treatment.

August 8, 2011

On Reviewers, and Paying Them 0

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LA Review of Books editor in chief Tom Lutz has written about the future of book reviews and “a missing generation of journalists.”

August 8, 2011

My Bread Loaf 11

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When the rumor came back to the kitchen that a writer had suffered some sort of nervous breakdown, we felt badly, but, hey, writing isn’t an easy field to break into. At the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, even the kitchen crew knew that.

August 7, 2011

Melville House’s Hybrid Books 0

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Emily Witt checks out Melville House’s new Hybrid Books for The New York Observer. The publisher says they are “an innovative publishing program that gives print books the features of enhanced eBooks.”

August 7, 2011

Who doesn’t love to hit happy hour after work? 1

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Christine Sismondo believes bars deserve more credit for “produc[ing] a particular type of public sphere in colonial America.” She discusses her new book America Walks Into a Bar with The Smithsonian’s Rebecca Dalzell.

August 6, 2011

The Ice Heats Up 0

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You Must Go and Win author Alina Simone‘s essay “Why Do Russians Hate Ice?” has caused quite an uproar in the comments section.

August 6, 2011

Heathrow’s Second Writer in Residence 0

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NME journalist and Man and Boy author Tony Parsons has been named London’s Heathrow Airport’s second writer in residence. He will use his weeklong stay to research for his new book Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow. It will be released in October, and the BAA plans on distributing 5,000 copies to airport customers. In 2009, […]