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October 23, 2006

50 Words 5

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Digging through some old files on my computer I found a document called “50 Words” that contains a couple of tiny stories that I wrote several years ago. They were meant to be for a little collection that a friend of a friend was putting together in which all the stories would be just 50 […]

October 23, 2006

Monday Links 2

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Friend of The Millions Edan Lepucki has a short story in the most recent LA Times West Magazine, “Salt Lick“. Congrats! I’ve heard of publishers throwing in a free bookmark to help sell copies of a new book, but gold? Oriani Fallaci, the fiery (and athiest) Italian journalist who recently passed away, bequethed her library […]

October 20, 2006

The Country Gentleman with the Mean Left Hook 2

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I must’ve been terribly annoying when I was twenty. Infuriating and insufferable, I was so sure I knew all I needed to know about music and literature. One could document my tunnel-vision with loads of examples, but two stand out in my mind. The first was musical. At the time, my knowledge of The Kinks […]

October 20, 2006

Google Books Copyright Case Drags On 0

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This week, there were a pair of updates on the copyright cases against Google that are being brought by publishers and authors. Initially, the two groups had been pursuing two separate complaints against Google, but this week Judge John Sprizzo consolidated the two cases into one. According to MarketWatch: “Sprizzo’s streamlining was inevitable because the […]

October 19, 2006

Thursday Links 3

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Bud offers a charming man about town piece that touches on the intersection of technology and culture. One of my biggest on-the-job challenges back when I was a bookseller was recommending books for finicky teenagers. In an effort to take some of the guesswork out of this endeavor, Anita Silvey, a professor of children’s literature […]

October 18, 2006

Tin House Gets Graphic 0

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Remember those kids who obsessively drew their own comics on loose leaf in school? It should come as no surprise that Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem were furiously scribbling away in their notebooks during their pre-teen years. In the latest issue of Tin House – “The Graphic Issue” – the editors have collected boyhood comics […]

October 16, 2006

The Death of Newspaper Book Sections 6

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Publishers Weekly has a very interesting article about newspaper book sections which points out that, with the exception of the New York Times, book review sections do not bring in enough ad revenue to cover their costs. Those of us who follow the newspaper industry are used to hearing all ills blamed on declining readership, […]

October 16, 2006

Questions for the Librarians 0

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Another installment of Ask the Librarians has arrived at emdashes, and it provides another fascinating look at the New Yorker. In this issue you can learn how the magazine got writers in its early years; who has had the most short stories published in the magazine all time and in a single year; all about […]

October 16, 2006

The LBC Autumn 2006 Pick 2

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The LBC members have unveiled their latest selection. It’s a great little book about a literary rat.

October 15, 2006

Without Feathers by Woody Allen: An Appreciation 4

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When was the last time you read something from the humor section? It’s probably been a while. If memory serves, that particular bookstore ghetto is filled with quickly dated political humor, books of redneck jokes, and similar diversions: Books some people might buy as gifts for non-readers, but never for themselves. Others wisely steer clear […]