Monthly Archives: December, 2009

A New Home for a New Year

Let it never be said we ring in the new halfheartedly. It’s been a terrific 3½ months for us, and I want to thank everyone for coming around, reading, commenting, contributing, and being part of the neighborhood. And now, to celebrate the new year and a whole new set of digits, we’re moving to new […]

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Time Out in the Stacks: Curious Expeditions’ Beautiful Libraries

If, perhaps, you are up against some end-of-year deadline, whether actual or self-imposed, and are feeling vaguely frayed around the edges trying to get everything socked away before Thursday night, then perhaps you might need a gentle place to rest your eyes and mind for minutes at a time. In which case, I suggest spending […]

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The Best of “The Best Of”

Changing your mind is how you know it’s open, right? So this year I’ve decided that, after many seasons of sniffy pronouncements to the contrary, I DO in fact like all those year-end best book lists. I like them very much indeed. With qualifications, of course. But still. The old argument as to whether book […]

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Strata: Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu has two adult novels to her credit—the award-winning Spilling Clarence, and The Disapparation of James—and a young adult trilogy, the Cronus Chronicles, which is based upon Greek myths. Her latest book, and the concluding title in the series, is The Immortal Fire. (You can read an excerpt here.) I’m quite curious about what […]

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Good Things Afoot

Welcome back, Like Fire readers, from what I hope was a restful and/or pleasant (or if neither of those, mercifully brief) holiday hiatus. I'm assuming a lot of books, gift certificates, and eReaders changed hands, and hoping that none of your stories are quite as bad as the ones Gina Barreca shares in her Chronicle […]

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Happy Birthday Kenneth Rexroth

Today is the birthday of poet Kenneth Rexroth, born in 1905 in South Bend, Indiana. He was a lifelong activist, naturalist, translator of Japanese and Chinese poetry, critic, and iconoclast. He refused to be labeled a Beat poet. And he wrote some of the sexiest love poetry around—discovering him in high school set the bar […]

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Looking Ahead

Out of all the ways people are succumbing to big decade pronouncements this month, the ones that interest me most aren't the Best Of or Worst Of recaps but the prognostications. I always like to hear what people think is going to happen to me… hey, I've been waiting for that jet pack since third […]

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The 2110 Club at The Second Pass

Last summer over at The Second Pass, John Williams' Fired From the Canon list jump-started a spirited conversation. Now with The 2110 Club he's invited contributors to add to the canon, picking books that might not have made a big splash the first time around but that deserve to be read 100 years from now. […]

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Pocket Review: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey’s novel comes to us from the YA shelves. Normally, I’d ask myself, “Why are you reading this? Shouldn’t you be reading something more… mature?” I don’t even think there was such a classification when I was a YA—when was that again? And what is a Young Adult anyway? Who is this target audience? […]

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Girls * Girls * Girls

Today at work I was looking for images of people reading, and while trolling Wikimedia Commons I was struck by how many paintings showed women relating in a sensual or almost sexual way to books. I bookmarked the search, thinking maybe someday it would be relevant to some blog business or other. And then this […]

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