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April 26, 2010

W Memoir on the Way 0

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The Decider will be offering his version of the Presidential memoir with Decision Points (sounds like a thriller, no?) due on November 9. (One week after mid-term elections)

April 26, 2010

Drifted toward Dragons: Utopia Today 13

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It’s fair to characterize the last five hundred years of human civilization as a history of not-getting-the-joke of Utopia.

April 23, 2010

“Ah the world, oh the whale!” 0

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“Ah the world, oh the whale!”  At The Washington Times, my review of Philip Hoare’s wonderful new anatomy of all things cetacean, The Whale, winner of the prestigious Samuel Johnson nonfiction prize. (ECW) michael kors outlet| toms outlet | cheap ray ban sunglasses | coach outlet | ray ban wayfarer | coach factory outlet

April 23, 2010

David Shields on the Colbert Report 0

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Watch David Shields on the Colbert Report last week — Colbert: “Are you the Vanilla Ice of novels?”  Shields: “Precisely.”

April 23, 2010

Chasing the Whale: Banksy, Obsession, and the Sea 6

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At first blush, connecting contemporary art to the heyday of seafaring might seem incongruous, but sailors were the eyes of the world for landlubbers, returning home with tales of what mystical, depraved and wondrous sites and cultures existed just beyond the horizon.

April 22, 2010

Sex and the City Prequel 1

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For those who just can’t get enough of Carrie Bradshaw, Candace Bushnell‘s latest: The Carrie Diaries. And some coverage of the book at USA Today.

April 22, 2010

The Baby-Sitters Club is Back, Baby! 9

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Given the current YA vampire and fantasy craze, I wonder if novels staked in the normal can find the ardent following they did with my generation. Will young readers with an acutely developed taste for bloody bites and wizard wands be captivated by the story of industrious teenagers facing the universal travails of growing up?

April 22, 2010

Home Away from Home: Philip Graham’s The Moon, Come to Earth 1

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A recurring theme in Graham’s book is “Saudade,” a complex emotion “that combines sorrow, longing and regret, laced perhaps with a little mournful pleasure.”

April 21, 2010

Meet Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound 0

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What do SoCal’s “vapid consumerism, gang violence, and social apathy” sound like? Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound!  Brace yourself and have a listen to their Raidohead-y latest single, “Do Not The Clothes Make The Man?!” or, if you’re looking to induce epileptic fits, try the video.

April 21, 2010

The Illest Brother 0

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“Wherever you are…realize that your essence is divine, son / and let it shine, son.” Peace to Guru Keith Elam, 1966 – 2010.