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December 16, 2009

Fiction Contest at Columbia 0

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Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art has a fiction, nonfiction and poetry contest going on that pays $500 to first prize winners. Joshua Ferris is judging the fiction entries. Deadline is 1/1/2010.

December 16, 2009

A Year in Reading: David L. Ulin 2

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What connects all of these books is the depth of their observation, their tendency to nuance and detail, the way they have of slowing down the moment so that we can see it fresh.

December 16, 2009

Writing in Trains 10

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My subway writing habit began a few months ago, in the feverish time around the publication of my first novel.

December 16, 2009

Previewing Batuman 0

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, the forthcoming debut effort by sometime Millions contributor Elif Batuman, gets an intriguing write-up in Publishers Weekly.

December 16, 2009

“Afro Picks” Image & Pun Draws Criticism 0

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The cover image of this week’s Publisher’s Weekly, which centers around an annual  feature on African American book publishing,  is drawing a lot of attention, mostly negative. Read PW senior news editor Calvin Reid‘s explanation/mea culpa.

December 16, 2009

A Year in Reading: Lan Samantha Chang 0

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The book that most surprised me was The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen. I’ve read her essay on writing novels a million times, and I’d somehow assumed that the fiction itself would be less interesting. As it turns out, the novel is gorgeous, moving, and revelatory.

December 16, 2009

A Year in Reading: Samantha Peale 0

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Norman Rush’s story of a brilliant anthropologist at large in Botswana, observing the ways and means of blacks and whites while she makes her erudite way in the world as a woman, an academic and an American, is as vivid and thrilling now as it was upon my first reading.

December 15, 2009

Fictional Characters Read Fiction 1

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Dan Humphrey, a character on Gossip Girl, names his top 10 books of 2009.

December 15, 2009

A Year in Reading: Rivka Galchen 2

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To go back and read Saul Bellow is to encounter again the kind of mad virtuosity that, in a certain mood, to a certain type of mind, is a sort of translation of the embodied genius of Jackie Chan.

December 15, 2009

All The Single Ladies: The Problem with Feminist Anthems 18

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Perhaps “Single Ladies” can’t be a feminist anthem because, to reduce it to a rallying cry, a slogan, does not acknowledge it for the complex song that it is.