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Open Letters Monthly, August 2014

It’s the last week of August, the last week (perhaps) of unstructured summer reading, and the perfect time to investigate the August issue of Open Letters Monthly, if you haven’t yet. Or even if you have. It’s a fine way to say farewell to the month, the summer, maybe a long stretch of unemployed indolence… […]

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Summer Reading, Off the Beaten Track

Summer isn’t publishing’s busiest season, but the big books that come out in June and July and August get the benefit of a major shelf-to-beach-towel popular push. And then there are the other four tried-and-true types of summer reading recommendations: the difficult books, which require stretches of undistracted time; the year’s popular books that everyone’s […]

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Happy Birthday, Jane Gardam!

Happy birthday to Jane Gardam, born in North Yorkshire in 1928, and still going strong at age 86. I’ve left plenty of traces of my own Gardam fandom, with a piece in Bloom and a note in Open Letters Monthly’s Year in Reading for 2013. But for years she felt a bit like a secret-handshake […]

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Open Letters Monthly, July 2014

A couple of weekends ago we marked the summer solstice, and you know what that means… the days are getting shorter and in another few month’s it’ll be cold and miserable again summer’s here! And the July issue of Open Letters Monthly is just what you’ll be needing to slide into summer reading mode. John […]

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Open Letters Monthly, March 2014

We all know to beware the Ides of March. But at this point, I’m thinking it’s appropriate to beware the whole damn month. Two days ago it was frigid, with a blasting wind; today it’s sunny and in the 50s. Next week, supposedly, we get snow. I do not care for such fickleness. One of […]

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Open Letters Monthly, January 2014

Snowed in? Reluctant to brave single-digit temperatures? You might as well enjoy it… this is only January, and if this is the way 2014 is going to come in, it promises to be a long winter. Assuming you’re safe and sound, with plenty of toilet paper and milk—you did go shopping when the weather news […]

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NPR’s Concierge Care

This time of year brings out not only the list-makers, but the list-lovers and list-haters as well. The literary ether seems to be especially ripe for that kind of debate, maybe because these end-of-year best-ofs can seem wan in comparison to the the jockeying of all the literary awards scattered throughout the calendar. Or maybe […]

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Open Letters Monthly’s Year in Reading

I realize I haven’t been writing all that much these past few months. Or rather, not all that much that Like Fire readers want to read—ask me about metadata schema analyses, library service analysis literature reviews, and exhibit plans, if you dare. But I have been reading, and not only of the required variety. Pleasure […]

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Open Letters Monthly, August 2013

Forget about the dog days—this is the time of year that turns August from a proper noun into an adjective. And there’s nearly a week left in which to read the August (in both senses of the word) issue of Open Letters Monthly. There’s a lot of good stuff here, including a couple of novels […]

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Open Letters Monthly, July 2013

There’s still almost a week left to July, and another month and change to the summer proper. So if you haven’t checked out Open Letters Monthly’s July issue, this would be a good time. For starters, the OLM cast and crew (myself included) have come up with a great, under-the-radar summer reading list, which should […]

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