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Keeping the Internet Weird

Keeping the Internet Weird

My favorite thing about the internet is that it isn’t the newspaper.  Or actually, it’s that it isn’t TV.  It isn’t either of those things because it is so much weirder than those things.  Think about it, what’s the weirdest thing you’re likely to see in the newspaper?  Some story about a guy who uses [...]

2009: The Best Book Year Ever?

2009:  The Best Book Year Ever?

Looking back through the National Book Award’s excellent project chronicling its 60 year history in blog posts (go read a few of them, if you haven’t already), it occurred to me that we’re in the midst of a year every bit as historic as any of the previous 60 years.  What am I talking about?  [...]

Afternoon Coffee & Links

Afternoon Coffee & Links

Well, I’m having coffee.  You’ll have to supply your own. Ander Monson, author of the excellent Other Electricities, has an interesting look at the “Essay as Hack:” I have lived the life of accessing networks, exploring PBX systems and phone lines, been publicly punished for it, for my audacity. Illegal access to credit cards, to [...]

New York, in Bookstores

New York, in Bookstores

In Brooklyn, people look for ATMs.  They live in a constant state of paranoia.  Does the restaurant take cards?  Call ahead to make sure.  What if I can’t find a Chase?  You know I refuse to pay those ridiculous service fees at the bodega.  The cashless economy hasn’t arrived in Brooklyn’s restaurants and bars; thankfully, [...]

Go Forth and Read These

Go Forth and Read These

Tomorrow will probably feature a write-up of my trip to New York, including a few bookstore visits I made, but as I get caught up on work today, please consider enjoying these fine websites: Jim Carroll, poet, musician and point guard, has passed away.  I won’t go on and on about him, but his book [...]

What I Read at the Fire

What I Read at the Fire

It’s smokey in Pasadena today.  We’ve got fires burning all around us, and the air quality is, well, it’s not great.  I feel a little bit like I’m working at Sterling-Cooper.  On Wednesday, as I walked to the Metro station, a man stopped me and asked when the last time it rained was.  I didn’t [...]

A Pair of Dan Chaon Links

A Pair of Dan Chaon Links

What better way to celebrate Tuesday, that most underrated of days (It’s not Monday, after all!), than with a pair of Dan Chaon related stories.   As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a big fan of Chaon’s work.  His new novel, Await Your Reply, hits shelves today.  You can read my review of it [...]

Linkage

Linkage

It’s been awhile since I posted one of my classic link posts.  I know you’ve all been jonesin like all get up, so here you go: It’s long as hell, but I still highly recommend Eric Harvey’s Social History of the MP3 at Pitchfork.  Those in the book business will likely see some scary (and [...]

The Great Cupcake Bake-Off of ‘09

The Great Cupcake Bake-Off of ‘09

These cupcakes had peaches in them. They were based on a Julia Child recipe. Completely vegan, fair trade and organic. And so tasty! Yesterday, inspired by Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes:  175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat, we took a break from the literary life and hosted our first Cupcake Bake-off.  The rules were fairly simple:  [...]

I Finished Cryptonomicon

I Finished Cryptonomicon

If you’re expecting a lot of analysis here, forget it.  It’d be like asking a man who’s just run a marathon to help you move.  I started reading it in late April.  In between beginning and ending the book, I finished at least five other books, probably more. Was it good?  Yes.  Was it, at [...]

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