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The Internet Has No Weather

The Internet Has No Weather

The weather has taken a turn for the absurd here in Pasadena.  Thank God I’m on the internet instead. RIP Robert B. Parker.  The master of the crime genre passed away at his desk at the age of 77.  Sarah Weinman has collected a series of links for those who want to read more about [...]

The Book I Was Born to Read

The Book I Was Born to Read

As part of my year-end recap of my favorite books from 2009, I talked about Richard Rushfield’s memoir Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost.  In doing so, I admitted to being a sucker for campus literature.  Lucky Jim, “The Christian Roommate,” Old School… I could go on.  All of this is prelude to saying that David [...]

Another Link Post?

Another Link Post?

Yes, another link post.  You know you love them anyway. WARNING:  SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION!  Edan Lepucki writes about purging her (our) book collection at The Millions.  “I also felt strongly that our books revealed to visitors our values and our identities; the fact that we were swimming in them emphasized their importance in our lives.  The [...]

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 [...]

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