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Excerpts!

Excerpts!

Two exciting excerpts (you have admit, that’s an awesome alliteration — another one!) are happening on the internet this week.  First, all this week, HTMLGIANT is excerpting Mark Bibbins’ new book of poetry The Dance of No Hard Feelings.  Today’s entry features a poem written with one of my favorite poets (yes, I have favorite [...]

Meet the Bookseller: Alanna

Meet the Bookseller:  Alanna

Click here to view the embedded video. We’re back with another in our wildly popular series Meet the Bookseller (for the previous installment, click here).  This time, we’re talking with Customer Service Manager Alanna Kirby.  There’s significantly less gum chewing in this video and significantly more giggling.  Hope you enjoy it. Click here to buy [...]

The Millions Counts Down the Best Fiction of the Millennium

The Millions Counts Down the Best Fiction of the Millennium

Well, really it’s just the best of the decade, since, you know, the millennium is only one decade long so far.  Anyway, Max has put together an impressive panel of about 60 experts to vote for the best.  Each day, they’re posting five books, with the number one book coming on Friday, so stay tuned [...]

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 [...]

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