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Do Books Become Dated, Like a Bad Haircut?

Do Books Become Dated, Like a Bad Haircut?
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I was reading Choire’s email newsletter update from The Awl today (which you should subscribe to, if you don’t already), and he was riffing on the idea of how quickly pop culture becomes dated: This is the problem with the pop culture. Even a few, what, months later, the “Sex and the City” clothes are […]

Pasadena Pride on the Bestseller List & Other Links

Pasadena Pride on the Bestseller List & Other Links

We’re hard at work here on a larger project that will be blowing up your RSS feed soon enough.  In the meantime, please read these fine links and report back with your thoughts: As this LA Times article notes, sales of Julia Child books and cookbooks are rising like soufles (kill me now) on the […]

This is Not a John Hughes Post: In Defense of Syndication

This is Not a John Hughes Post:  In Defense of Syndication

By now, everyone knows that the film director John Hughes passed away yesterday.  He directed movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Great Outdoors.  I’m not the guy to write a eulogy for him.  He made some very good movies, some movies that I’ve watched dozens of times, and a few […]

Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

I can’t write every great post on the internet, and since I won’t be writing anything that constitutes even a mediocre post today, I strongly recommend you go to these other fine websites for your entertainment and edification: Russ Marshalek has the best analysis of the Bloomsbury Liar cover art controversy. “Basically, Bloomsbury got called […]

Vroman’s Announces Personalized Books

Vroman’s Announces Personalized Books

Click here to view the embedded video. As of today, Vroman’s is thrilled to offer personalized children’s books.  Now your child can be a character in his or her favorite book.  If you’re interested in having a personalized book made, come by the Will Call department of Vroman’s main store, or call (626) 449-5320 and […]

How Can a Bookstore Use Free?

How Can a Bookstore Use Free?

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent the past few days in the service of the County of Los Angeles, making a day sitting in overly-air-conditioned rooms and waiting to be called as a juror.  The first day of jury duty, I got a lot of reading done, and what I read was Chris Anderson’s new […]

Thomas Pynchon’s New Book Comes Out Tomorrow

Thomas Pynchon’s New Book Comes Out Tomorrow

I hear it’s the “fun” Pynchon.  This is a bit like saying “You’re going to love Killing of a Chinese Bookie.  It’s the fast-paced Cassavetes.”  At first, I wasn’t sure why this analogy popped into my head, but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.  A Cassavetes film requires a bit […]

I Swear I Have a Huge Post On Deck for Tomorrow

I Swear I Have a Huge Post On Deck for Tomorrow

But for today, the links! This Recording is counting down the 100 greatest writers of all time.  Lists like this are, by definition, ridiculous, but anybody who puts Hemmingway way down at 81 is okay in my book.  Argue with them here. I enjoyed this roundtable of music bloggers at The Morning News, where they […]

Just Go Read This and Report Back

Just Go Read This and Report Back

It’s been kind of quiet around here these past few days.  I apologize.  I was at jury duty, where I tore through Chris Anderson’s Free on my iPhone.  I am back now, and regular posting will resume soon.  In the meantime, do click over to the LA Times where David Ulin has accurately and succinctlysummarized […]

Where Did All the Sidebars Go?

Where Did All the Sidebars Go?

If you are a blog that I usually have listed on my sidebar, you may have noticed that you are no longer listed there.  This is not because of a new “non-sidebar” policy on the part of the Vroman’s regime, but rather some mysterious issue with upgrading to the new WordPress.  It should be resolved […]

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