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I Saw the Sun Briefly

I Saw the Sun Briefly

It’s going to rain again.  This is big news around here.  Two weeks of rain?  It’s like we live in Seattle all of a sudden, except that we don’t have an NFL team and we have two NBA teams.  So, not much like Seattle, actually.  Anyway, here are a few bookish links to get you [...]

NBCC Awards & Other Links of This Nature

NBCC Awards & Other Links of This Nature

A lot happened over the weekend (and not just to Brett Favre).  Here’s a quick primer to get you caught up so you can get back to that collating you were doing. The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2009 awards.  Among the finalists for the fiction prize are NBA finalists [...]

Arcbuilding & Other Ways to Kill a Weekend

Arcbuilding & Other Ways to Kill a Weekend

It is a soggy, marshy sort of day, the fifth in a row in this week of spitting rain and wind.  We’re not used to this in Southern California; rain makes us crazy, like wet Santa Ana winds.  Anyway, I recommend a lot of reading this weekend.  Stay inside, cultivate your mind a bit, you [...]

Discovery and Credibility: Fiction in the Digital Age

Discovery and Credibility:  Fiction in the Digital Age

Have we all read this essay yet?  If not, hop over to Mother Jones and read it.  It isn’t too long, and it’s well-written and presents a dilemma I’d like to discuss.  While you’re at it, read this companion piece and the fascinating comment thread that follows it.  And if you have the time (I [...]

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 [...]

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