Monthly Archives: November, 2011

Isak Dinesen, Her Own Heroine, at The Millions

Some people just seem to hit the ground running, focusing in on a particular path or lifestyle choice with a kind of laserlike precision. They walk out of college—even high school—with a clear idea of what it is they want to do, and spend the next however-many years working steadily toward that goal. (Although of […]

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Blue Monday #1: Small Gifts

Welcome to Blue Monday, the shopping day for those of us who don’t have much money, time, or energy to buck up the national economy. Herewith, and for the next few weeks of holiday shopping, a frankly biased and small-scale sampling of odds and ends for the worthy recipients in your life. For New Yorkers, […]

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When Black Friday Comes

Not being much of a recreational shopper myself, I always thought the phrase “Black Friday” had some pretty ominous overtones. At its worst, people get trampled and pepper-sprayed in WalMart; at its most benign they just run up their credit cards irreparably. The idea of getting up at 4 a.m. to wait on line for […]

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Angry Penguins

It seems that the newest line in that sandy area between big publishers and Amazon—or big publishers and OverDrive, to put a finer point on it, or big publishers and libraries, if you want to feel really paranoid—has been drawn. The artist this time in Penguin Group USA, which has announced that it’s pulling its […]

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Pocket Review: Calling Mr. King by Ronald De Feo

Calling Mr. King Ronald De Feo Other Press, 2011 They say music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, and culture’s civilizing qualities have been the root of many a liberal arts education. In his debut novel, Calling Mr. King, Ronald De Feo takes this notion and runs with it: Can art transport us? Does […]

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Giving It Up for Your Love: Gregory Maguire’s Out of Oz

Karl Slover, one of the last surviving original munchkins from the MGM production of The Wizard of Oz, died yesterday at the age of 93. Although he had a long and hopefully happy life, there’s something poignant about his passing so close to Wizard of Oz time—which it will always be, for those of us […]

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National Book Awards, Live! Wednesday November 16

This evening in the elevator after class I was bemoaning the glut of term papers coming due in the next few weeks—and yes, I do understand that’s why they call them term papers, but sometimes you just have to vent a bit—and a classmate of mine said, “You can kiss your social life goodbye.” Fortunately […]

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Hiroko Kono’s “About Memories”

At first glance, Japanese artist Hiroko Kono’s sculptures look like installations playing on a bookish sense of chaos—an office, a library, even a bedroom haphazardly overtaken by books and random storage solutions. On closer examination, though, Kono’s assemblages turn out to be sculpted entirely from scrap lumber and shelving salvaged from abandoned schools. Detail photos […]

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11/11/11

11/11/11—It’s a minimalist kind of date. Maybe not so much as the first of this year was, or even the first of this month, but still. Today doesn’t take much in the way of fine motor skills. So in honor of minimalism, here’s a great series of minimalist fairy tale posters by Chicago artist Christian […]

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Some Catch: Catch-22 Week at The Quivering Pen

In honor of the 50th publication anniversary of Catch-22, David Abrams has declared this Catch-22 Week over at The Quivering Pen. Out of all the books that could sustain a week’s worth of commentary, Heller’s iconic World War II tale of personalities, SNAFUs, and the general weirdness of wartime can definitely pull its own weight. […]

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