Monthly Archives: August, 2012

2012 PEN Literary Awards Announced

The PEN American Center has announced the winners of the 2012 PEN Literary Awards, and they’re a good mixed bag. It’s nice to see an organization that uses its award process as an umbrella to celebrate a few different kinds of noteworthiness, and shines a spotlight on some great small presses in the process. Considering […]

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Baskerville Jones: Errol Morris in the New York Times

I’ve long been a fan of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, director of Gates of Heaven, Mr. Death, and The Fog of War. He always struck me as someone with a blogger’s sensibility before I could have imagined calling it that—a penchant for certain incidental and yet, on second glance, fiercely crucial associations that accreted in […]

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Post-Summer at Like Fire, and a Post-40 Bloomer at The Millions

Hello hello, loyal friends! We’re back from our brief end-of-summer hiatus, batteries presumably recharged, as we hope yours are as well. Fall is in the air here in New York today, and many ideas are percolating for Like Fire and beyond. We hope you’ll stick around and see what we’ve got up our sleeves (assuming […]

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Sweets for Readers: Sketchbook Project Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar

This is the time of year when I begin saving links with an eye toward holiday gift ideas, but this one can’t wait. From the Brooklyn Art Library, home of The Sketchbook Project, comes a limited edition chocolate bar that’s the perfect little something for any book lover with a sweet tooth. (And it seems […]

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The Language of Flowers 2012: “Hot Summer” Limited Edition

Wandering lonely as a cloud through London’s dusty bookshops back in the spring of ’88, I came across a lovely edition with a rose-strewn cover, full of cross-references to flowers and feelings, with verses to boot. Topics included Energy in Adversity, Immortality, and Secret Love. A keeper! For the Romantic that stubbornly persists in me, […]

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Voluminous: Massimo Bartolini’s Bookyard

So yes, we have established that we like the little free libraries. They have a certain DIY ethic, they’re populist, they’re cute. Even if they do give people the excuse to use the word “wee,” which should never happen unless someone is Scottish—and probably not even then—I am in favor of them. But I’m also […]

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Shaken and Stirred Stories: Significant Cocktails

There’s basically nothing not to love about Significant Objects, Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn’s ongoing literary project examining the connections between tchotchkes, storytelling, and “the effect of narrative on any given object’s subjective value.” Like Fire has long championed their cause—not only do they partner up with cool enterprises such as Electric Literature, Underwater New […]

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On Edward Gorey, George Herriman, and Creative DNA

Eve Bowen’s recent NYRBlog article on collecting Edward Gorey is full of enough eclectic links and images to make any fan happy. It also reminded me that I only had a few more days to catch “Gorey Preserved” at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library. RBML is my former employer, and I’d been seeing […]

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Open Letters Monthly, August 2012

It’s the beginning of August, and everyone is watching the Olympics except me. But that’s OK… I have the August issue of Open Letters Monthly, which is positively Herculean in its breadth, depth, and general scope, and that’s really all I need. Unless there’s women’s ice hockey involved, I’d just as soon sit over here […]

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