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My Year in Books: How I Became a Famous Novelist

My Year in Books:  How I Became a Famous Novelist

All hail the comic novel!  2009 might go down in my personal history as the year I finally accepted that I just really love a funny novel.  Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist didn’t disappoint.  The adventures of Peter Tarslaw, writer of fraudulent college admissions essays and treacly, sentimental novels, is a must-read [...]

My Year in Books: Blame

My Year in Books:  Blame

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read this book, stop reading this post and go read it.  Do not read the flap of the book, just start at the beginning and go.  Seriously.  Then you can come back here and tell me what you thought.  Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s proceed. Michelle [...]

My Year in Books: 2009

My Year in Books:  2009

What an incredibly strange year.  People in the national media said “tea bagger” on a near daily basis.  Glenn Beck rose to national prominence.  Tiger Woods was exposed as a philandering slut (possibly redundant?).  The New Orleans Saints are threatening to run the table in the NFL, and Michael Jackson died, causing mass hysteria online.  [...]

Year in Reading, Vroman’s Style

Year in Reading, Vroman’s Style

It’s pretty busy here at the store, as you might imagine, so the blog has been a bit slow lately.  In lieu of a real post here today, I will point you to my Year in Reading post at The Millions, where I write, briefly, about Stoner by John Williams and Here Comes Everybody by [...]

Monday Afternoon Link Post

Monday Afternoon Link Post

I’m too busy a man to be troubled coming up with some zany title to this post, so you’ll simply have to make do with the banal descriptive moniker I’ve given it.  Anyway, on with the links: The Year in Reading series continues at the Millions with Vroman’s favorite Edan Lepucki, Joshua Ferris and legendary [...]

Good Things Abound Online

Good Things Abound Online

I’ll start this post with a plead for you to read the comments on yesterday’s post about Rick Moody & Electric Literature’s Twitter experiment.  The great thing about writing a blog is that smart people come and leave their thoughts for you to read.  Highly recommended.  Now on to the other, also recommended stuff: Clay [...]

The Great Vroman’s Holiday Video Collaboration Project

The Great Vroman’s Holiday Video Collaboration Project

Some of you may remember last year’s epic holiday video (At 8 minutes plus it was, in internet terms, literally epic).  This year, we’re trying something different with our holiday video.  We’re going to produce an incredible, funny, entertaining and useful video featuring our favorite books and products this year, but we think we can [...]

The Rick Moody Twitter Saga: What Are We All Doing Here?

The Rick Moody Twitter Saga:  What Are We All Doing Here?

For the past few days, Vroman’s, as well as others in the book and publishing world, have been co-publishing a new Rick Moody story called “Some Contemporary Characters” via Twitter.  Every ten minutes, a new section of the story emerges in a 140 character chunk.  The distribution scheme is the brainchild of the story’s publisher, [...]

Film Based on Tom Drury Story Online This Week

Film Based on Tom Drury Story Online This Week

It’s no secret that I’m a big Tom Drury fan. His novel The End of Vandalism is one of the five best books I’ve read in the last ten years, and his other work is excellent as well.  Drury lives in Pasadena now, and this locale has begun to find its way into his more [...]

Whither the Blog: Technology in Fiction

Whither the Blog:  Technology in Fiction

I’m reading Cory Doctorow’s newest novel Makers right now, and one of the interesting things about the book is that it uses the verbs blog and tweet quite casually.  In other words, the novel takes place in a world where those words are perfectly normal and require no special elaboration.  Makers is a speculative novel, [...]

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