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December 21, 2010

Donald Barthelme’s Reading List 1

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The Believer posts a 2003 essay featuring Donald Barthelme’s reading list, which came secondhand to Kevin Moffett, a self-professed non-reader: “Barthelme’s only guidance, passed on by Padgett Powell, one of Barthelme’s former students at the University of Houston and my teacher at the time, was to attack the books ‘in no particular order, just read […]

December 21, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Lots of diet books among the new releases these days (in preparation for the post-holiday food guilt one assumes), but readers will also find a vibrant new “biography-in-collage” out this week, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss.

December 21, 2010

A Year in Reading: Allen Barra 3

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Chesterton fully embraced America’s vitality, which entitled him to criticize its attendant vulgarity.

December 20, 2010

Big Money Books 0

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Online used book marketplace AbeBooks has released its list of the top ten most expensive sales on the site in 2010. A rare and very old Arabic manuscript is in the top slot. Herman Melville also makes a couple of appearances.

December 20, 2010

A Year in Reading: Danielle Evans 1

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The two books that most stood out to me this year spoke broke through that haze by reminding me what language can still do.

December 20, 2010

Amazon Announces Free One-Day Shipping 0

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As the holiday shopping wars heat up, Amazon has announced a surprise offer of free one-day shipping through December 22 on thousands of items, but not, as best as I can tell, books. Of course, in Amazon’s eyes, all those ebooks already ship instantaneously.

December 20, 2010

Saunders Meets DFW 0

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Sometime Millions writer Frank Kovarik plumbs the connections between George Saunders’ recent story in The New Yorker and David Foster Wallace’s suicide.

December 20, 2010

The PhD Pyramid Scheme 0

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The Economist has a pretty damning look at the global state of academia, particularly as it pertains to the enormous numbers of PhDs being churned out, the cheap labor they represent, and the comparatively few full professorship gigs available to them.

December 20, 2010

The Library, It’s Made of People 1

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The Toronto Public Library is running an innovative program wherein, in addition to books and other types of media you might expect, you can also check out people; specifically, this Human Library gives you access to folks with an interesting job or story to tell, like a journalist, a Buddhist monk and a cancer survivor.

December 20, 2010

A Year in Reading: Neal Pollack 2

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It’s a ripping good tale, as far away from my actual reality as literature can get. I can’t wait to read the three sequels.