Monthly Archives: February, 2010

Pimp My Article

Correction of the week comes from the New York Times ArtsBeat Blog, concerning David Remnick’s upcoming Obama bio: An earlier version of this post misquoted Mr. Remnick on his comparison between the book and a New Yorker article he had previously written. He said the book would not be a “pumped up” version of the […]

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Bare Naked Books

According to a very informal poll, people I know are fairly evenly divided between dust jacket removers and dust jacket tolerators. The removers cite wear and tear mostly, along with a general dislike of having to wrangle extra paper when reading in transit. Tolerators, of which I’m one, are more laissez-faire about beating their books […]

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So Many Books: The HTMLGIANT Writing Contest

Now that everyone has well and completely absorbed the Guardian‘s guest writers’ fiction writing tips, as well as the other helpful voices chiming in around the internet (notably the Afterword‘s 49th parallel version, which will be an ongoing series, and Laura Ellen Scott, because this is threatening to become a Serious Business already), it’s time […]

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Cold Comfort Books

Perhaps, in all my talk of beach reading, I’m being northern hemisphere-centric. For all I know there are people out there reading this blog who are wishing, at this very moment, that they had someplace a little colder to do some browsing. In which case, I give you the Library Shanty, in Medicine Lake, Minneapolis. […]

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107 Years of Dead Magazines

2009 was a bad year for periodicals. We said goodbye to I.D., Gourmet, Vibe, Domino, Playgirl, Modern Bride, and a whole lot of others that might not have even rated a blip on your radar. But what about the truly under-the-radar magazines, the odd and the offbeat that have fallen by the wayside over the […]

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Rules for Writing

So Elmore Leonard wrote a book called Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. Having read Leonard’s rules (the short version of them, although the fact that he managed to stretch them into a whole book fills me with wonder), I can report that they are either pedestrian (I mean, my high-school English teacher taught me […]

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And Other Stories: Publishing by Forum

From Words Without Borders comes news of a startup publishing venture, And Other Stories. Its focus is contemporary fiction in translation, and its editorial decision-making will be collaborative. Spanish-language and Portuguese-language reading forums have been set up at LibraryThing, where readers, writers and translators can evaluate and discuss titles for potential publication next year. While […]

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MJ Rose’s Backstory: Masha Hamilton

I learned I was pregnant in the midst of covering the intefedah in Gaza and the West Bank. The doctor asked what I did for a living and what I knew about the stages of pregnancy and then he shook his head. “Try to avoid tear gas for the next few months,” he said. I […]

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Pocket Review: The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason

Physically and in its narrative structure, Zachary Mason’s first novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, reminds me very much of Einstein’s Dreams. Even the authors come from similar environments, Alan Lightman being a physics professor at MIT and Mason an AI computer scientist who once taught at Oxford. Both books are short, with Lightman’s […]

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Beach Book Bingo

Snowing again. And I’m thinking that right around now everyone in the northern hemisphere is wishing they were someplace like Australia’s Bondi Beach, where Ikea put up an outdoor library in honor of their BILLY Bookcase’s 30th anniversary last month. Sunbathers and surfers could either swap their own books for those from the bright red […]

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