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Film Based on Tom Drury Story Online This Week

Film Based on Tom Drury Story Online This Week
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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, […]

Book News Before Thanksgiving

Book News Before Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day we all gather to celebrate the core American values that Sarah Palin is always talking about:  football, turkey and napping in the afternoon.  I will be preparing a Maple Pecan Pie (with bourbon!) from the most ambitious cookbook I own, the difficult but rewarding Tartine.  It should be fun (eating […]

Then We Came to the Links

Then We Came to the Links

It’s Monday, and I’m drinking coffee in the afternoon.  A lot is happening on the internet, and you need to know about all of it.  Here are a few of the choicest items: If you aren’t already, you simply must — must! — visit The Diary of Suri Cruise: “Don’t tell me to button up […]

Goodbye, Oprah

Goodbye, Oprah

Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey confirmed reports that she will be canceling her television program in 2011.  This will leave a void in the lives of millions who watch Oprah fawn over celebrities and admonish less-than-truthful memoirists on a daily basis.  That stretch, that yawning stretch between four and five pm, what will come of it?  How […]

Style and The Marketplace

Style and The Marketplace

On The Morning News today, V.L. Hartmann has a piece about Joan Didion’s resonance with a new generation of writers, many of them women: For some of us, mimicking Joan Didion has become the height of literary ambition, and not just her sentences. “Goodbye to All That” is a jumping-off point, California will fall short […]

Monday Afternoon Links

Monday Afternoon Links

You didn’t think a Monday could pass without some good stuff happening on the internet, did you?  Today, we have an eclectic mix of the good, the bad and the incredibly strange from around the web.  Dig in: Paste Magazine is running a whole bunch of best-of lists for the past decade, including Best Memes, […]

Vroman’s Bookstore is 115 Years Old

Vroman’s Bookstore is 115 Years Old

Today is the 115 birthday of Vroman’s Bookstore.  The store was founded by A.C. Vroman on November 14, 1894.  While we’ve moved locations once, we have been continuously operated and independently owned ever since.  I don’t think I have to tell anyone what an accomplishment that is.  It’s a testament to the incredible community here […]

Friday is for Feeds

Friday is for Feeds

I’m not sure why but I’m a little bit down on the typical static blog at the moment (And, no, the irony of writing that on just such a blog isn’t lost on me).  Every morning I open my Google Reader and see upwards of 500 unread posts, and I die a little bit.  It’s […]

Three Great Links for Fans of Book Design

Three Great Links for Fans of Book Design

The internet is all about book jackets today, and why shouldn’t it be.  It’s November now, and the weather is turning cool.  Books need their jackets, and so do you.  Of course, it’s low-80s outside in Pasadena, so…On to the links! The Second Pass links to an upcoming show at the UCB Theater in New […]

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