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The Rooster Crows & Other News

The Rooster Crows & Other News

If it’s Tuesday, it must be links, right? It’s that time of year again:  The Tournament of Books is just around the corner.  This year’s field is quite impressive, featuring books from heavyweights Margaret Atwood and Lorrie Moore, as well as newcomers John Wray and Wells Tower.  My one gripe:  where is Dan Chaon’s Await [...]

Literary Deal Breakers: What Scares You Off a Book?

Literary Deal Breakers:  What Scares You Off a Book?

On NPR’s website, Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga recommends the NYRB Classic To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson.  It’s an excellent recommendation for a book I’d been intrigued by but that I also found a bit intimidating.  Apparently, I wasn’t alone:   “The book, which was published in 1940, is called a classic and is [...]

Thursday Afternoon Was Meant for Links

Thursday Afternoon Was Meant for Links

Pasadena is bananas this afternoon.  Alabama and Texas fans everywhere!  I felt like I was Switzerland on the train this morning, until I looked down and realized I’d accidentally worn Alabama colors.  Whoops!  Seriously, folks, I’m neutral.  On to the links: Is Goodreads building a better literary award?  Their Goodreads Choice Awards takes the most [...]

Links in the New Year

Links in the New Year

Suddenly, everybody is back online.  It’s like everyone is shaking the snow off their roofs (huh?).  Whatever.  I mean to say that people are blogging and tweeting again like crazy after the holiday slumber.  Here are a few choice links to kick off your January in style: Always one of the best posts of the [...]

New Year’s Resolutions: Will You Change How You Read?

New Year’s Resolutions:  Will You Change How You Read?

I spent the New Year’s weekend emptying my tiny apartment of extraneous items (Goodbye, shipping container for laptop I no longer possess!  See you in hell, corduroy pants that no longer fit!).  Whenever I go excavating in the deep recesses my domicile, I always turn up some interesting stuff.  This time, I found a reading [...]

My Year in Books: Last Night in Montreal

My Year in Books:  Last Night in Montreal

Debut novels are not supposed to turn out like this one.  They’re supposed to flop around on the table, show a few glimpses of potential, and then leave you waiting for the next, better effort.  Last Night in Montreal is an accomplishment unto itself.  At its heart, it’s a story about communication and the enormous [...]

My Year in Books: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost

My Year in Books:  Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost

Whoa, a non-fiction book.  Yes, it’s true, I sometimes read stories that actually happened.  In this case, though, that old cliche that the truth is stranger than fiction might be apt.  Richard Rushfield went to Hampshire College in the late 1980s, when it was at the height of its reign as an alternative education hippie [...]

The Great Vroman’s Holiday Video Collaboration Project: A Wrap-Up

The Great Vroman’s Holiday Video Collaboration Project:  A Wrap-Up

A few weeks ago, we asked you to tell us what you wanted for the holidays this year.  Some of you responded with videos telling us what books would make your wish list.  In all, we got five entries, and they were all great.  The winner, in the end, was the first person to enter, [...]

My Year in Books: Sag Harbor

My Year in Books:  Sag Harbor

Can a book be a coming of age novel if nobody really comes of age in it?  Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor is many things — smart, funny, weird — but I don’t really think anybody goes through a radical, life-altering experience.  This isn’t Stand By Me.  Benji Cooper is a dichotomy, a walking contraction — [...]

My Year in Books: The Great Perhaps

My Year in Books:  The Great Perhaps

The Great Perhaps is set in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election.  It couldn’t have been set at any other time.  If I might delve into a little bit of personal history here, I think the incredible anxiety, fear and anger that so many of my friends felt as that election approached [...]

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