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June 29, 2007

Kakutani on the Andrew Keen Bandwagon 2

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Most reviews of Andrew Keen’s anti-blogger screed The Cult of the Amateur have been pretty unflattering; take for example James Marcus’ assessment in the LA Times. But apparently Kakutani is a fan, “calling it a shrewdly argued jeremiad against the digerati effort to dethrone cultural and political gatekeepers and replace experts with the ‘wisdom of […]

June 26, 2007

The Most Anticipated Books of the Rest of 2007 8

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With year nearly half over, it’s time once again to look ahead at books that will be arriving in the coming months. 2007 was very much a front-loaded year in terms of big-name literary releases with heavyweights like Delillo, McEwan, Murakami, Lethem, and Chabon all dropping new titles early in the year. The second half […]

June 25, 2007

Everybody Needs Moore Health Care 1

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Overboard, sensational, witty, funny and not-so-objective Sicko is a Michael Moore classic. It is also a lesson in how to take a not-so-controversial issue (providing health care to all) and turn it into a provocative subject (by suggesting that Cuba, France and Canada’s universal coverage works wonders). But there is something inherently good about Sicko’s […]

June 25, 2007

New and Old from Woody Allen 2

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Here at The Millions we’ve praised Woody Allen’s writing over the years – Andrew discussed Without Feathers in 2005 and I did the same a year later. For fans like us, it’s been a good month. While Allen’s movies have been coming along unabated for decades, there’s been less on offer for fans of Allen’s […]

June 25, 2007

Quality Issue: Last Week’s New Yorker 2

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This week’s New Yorker is already on newsstands, but before last week’s issue is a distant memory, I wanted to praise it for being one of the best issues I’ve read in a while. Calvin Trillin’s piece on an episode of vigilante justice in Canada was engaging and well reported and David Owen’s profile of […]

June 21, 2007

Ask a Book Question: The 56th in a Series (A Remainder Reminder) 1

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Neil writes in with this question: I’m trying to remember the name of a new book I’ve recently read about and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think the general concept was that it was about a guy who was in an accident and when he wakes up, he has no memory […]

June 21, 2007

Cold and Ruminating: A Review of In the Wake by Per Petterson 0

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Scott of Conversational Reading invited me to participate in his “Reading the World” series this month. My contribution was reading and posting about Per Petterson’s In the Wake. I don’t read enough fiction in translation, maybe a couple of books per year. When I do the experience elicits one of two reactions. Either the book […]

June 20, 2007

Reading in Translation 1

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Tomorrow, as part of Scott’s month-long Reading the World series, I’ll have a review of Per Petterson’s In the Wake up at Conversational Reading. Reading the World is focused on “bringing international voices to the attention of readers,” and reading In the Wake and considering it as a “work in translation” rather than simply a […]

June 19, 2007

Learning Curve: A Review of Nell Freudenberger’s The Dissident 1

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Nell Freudenberger is unquestionably a gifted writer and will, if we’re fortunate, become a major one. Her story collection Lucky Girls, published when she was 28, earned ink from Vogue and Elle and hardware from PEN, and if Marisha Pessl has since eclipsed her as lit-fic’s “It Girl,” well… so much the better. Slipping out […]

June 17, 2007

Literary Archives From the Dusty Stacks to the Digital Future 1

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I read with interest D.T. Max’s article in the recent Summer Fiction Issue of the New Yorker covering the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which is, by the sound of it, one of the world’s most important literary archives. The piece mostly covered the library’s director Thomas Staley, […]