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September 19, 2003

Something to Read 0

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There is a fantastic story in this week’s New Yorker by Thomas McGuane. But hurry, because it will only be on the website for a couple more days. If you enjoy it and want to read more, try reading McGuane’s novel from 2002 The Cadence of Grass.

September 18, 2003

A Free Book for a Volunteer 0

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Today, while I was driving, I caught a review of Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David Von Drehle on Fresh Air. It was a very favorable review (in fact the book has been getting great reviews in most places). I would love to read the book and comment on it here, but I […]

September 18, 2003

Violence and Tenderness 0

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Pete Dexter’s new book Train comes out October 7th. Here is my review: In the grand tradition of Los Angeles noir, Pete Dexter’s new novel Train, is framed in black and white by the minds eye. Yet Dexter has applied his considerable skill to softening the edges; it is delicately written noir. Train is the […]

September 16, 2003

Motherless in Brooklyn 0

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Jonathan Lethem’s new book The Fortress of Solitude comes out today. Here is my review: Now it is Jonathan Lethem’s turn to write a “big book.” The breakout success of his last novel, Motherless Brooklyn, set the stage for an eagerly anticipated follow-up. As if borrowing from the title of his previous book, Lethem’s two […]

September 15, 2003

Bookspotting 0

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When: Early afternoon Monday 9/15/03Where: A park bench in Larchmont (A tony neighborhood in L.A.)Who: Twenty-something manWhat: Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks.Description: “Once it was easy to distinguish the staid Bourgeois from the radical Bohemians. This field study of America’s latest elite–a hybrid Brooks calls […]

September 15, 2003

Random Roundup of Recent Books 0

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Sorry about the infrequency of updates. I saw the Walkmen play two nights this weekend. The new songs are great. The new album will be called Bows and Arrows and it’ll be out some time next February. If you’ve read much of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I am a fan of food writing […]

September 11, 2003

Dispatches from the Front 0

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Not too long ago, on a book finding expedition, I found a whole cache of old Granta magazines. Granta is very cool journal devoted to both short fiction and on the ground reporting of international conflicts and events. It attracts fantastic writers who tend to be relatively unknown to Americans, and so it tends to […]

September 9, 2003

Ask A Book Question: The Seventh in a Series (Calling All Readers of Hesse) 1

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C. Ryan Edwards wrote in hoping to jumpstart a discussion on one of his favorite authors, Hermann Hesse: I was hoping to start some discussion of one of my favorite books by mentioning hesses’s the glass bead game or magister ludi whichever one wishes to call it. Have you read it? It did gain hesse […]

September 9, 2003

Ask A Book Question: The Sixth in a Series (Santa and the Romans) 0

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Richard Smith writes in trying to track down what sounds like a very cool story. Hopefully someone can help him out I read a story in a compilation book in the 70’s about Santa Claus, but you didn’t know it was about Santa Claus. I want to know how to get a copy again. It […]

September 5, 2003

The Millions Guest Contributor: Author, Kaye Gibbons 1

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I had the pleasure of making Kaye Gibbons’ acquaintance via email, and I have very quickly become a big fan. Aspiring writers and precocious readers could learn a lot from her. One of the more noteworthy events of Gibbons’ distinguished career was the selection of two of her books, Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman […]