Monthly Archives: April, 2010

A Pocket Full of Poetry

Today is the 8th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I promise this year to refrain from any “or are you just glad to see me” business. What started out as a New York City affair has spread around the country, with schools and libraries all over sponsoring activities and bloggers everywhere calling for […]

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Charles Simic on Poetry in America

This month held a glut of poetry riches for those inclined to subscribe to things: Knopf’s Poem-a-Day, Poetry Daily, FSG Poetry. I’ve read a lot of poems, including some real stunners, and have decided that these days I really prefer my poets on the proletarian—or at least the unflowery—side. So it was a real treat […]

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The Lineup: True Adventure

Name any genre, it’s sure to get short shrift among those who would protect us from the ostensibly seamier threads of our readerly lives. In this case, I call to your attention, with pride and confidence, True Adventure. There’s a common perception that these are all hairy-chested, male-oriented, semi-vulgar tomes. Not so—at least not entirely—and […]

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Speaking to the Past with Penguin

Did I say this was the most fun you could have with blank Penguin covers and your imagination? Well, I take that back. For Penguin’s 75th anniversary, Douglas Coupland proposes that the Penguin covers, with their harmonious proportions and cheerful orange borders (“Even crack dens glow with Penguins on the shelf”), are as much time […]

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For Mnemosyne

I equate it to being happily married your whole life to your middle-school sweetheart: My first favorite poem is still one of my best beloved. I was around five when I had read enough poetry to declare a favorite—my parents were devoted bookish people and provided me with all the good children’s books of the […]

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Thanks Alot

I realize it’s pretty tiresome for those of us who are on the cranky/old/OCD end of the blogging spectrum to keep taking potshots at textspeak and smileys. If you’re in our court it’s like fish in a barrel; to everyone else it’s just egregiously bitchy. But every once in a while someone comes along with […]

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Pocket Review: West With the Night by Beryl Markham

I had originally intended to compile a list of adventure stories, but seeing Beryl Markham’s West With the Night in the top spot promptly derailed the remainder of the list while I considered this remarkable person and her amazing adventure story. Bear with me while I share: Born Beryl Clutterbuck, you can appreciate why she […]

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Coffee with a Canine

Having previously noted that we are deeply devoted to both the four-legged and the literary, Like Fire is pleased to announce a moment in the spotlight for its own furry mascot. Marshal Zeringue is the proprietor of Campaign for the American Reader, “an independent initiative to encourage more readers to read more books”—a fine and […]

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MJ Rose’s Backstory: Bernardine Evaristo

It might not be the most obvious thing to do—write a novel about the transatlantic slave trade in which Africans are the masters and Europeans their slaves. But it seemed the obvious solution to the challenge I set myself when I began approaching my novel Blonde Roots: How can I write about this slave trade […]

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Books on the Hoof

As it turns out, yesterday was National Bookmobile Day. That will teach us not to check the ALA press releases more often. But in the same spirit as forgetting someone’s birthday and then offering them a month’s worth of celebration, it seems as though honoring an institution devoted exclusively to literacy outreach ought to spill […]

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