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Why I Read What I Read

Why I Read What I Read

Last week, I posted my list of favorite books of the last ten years.  On Facebook, where this blog is syndicated, one reader commented that she hadn’t heard of the books on my list (other than The Corrections) but that she couldn’t understand why someone would want to read a book that reflected their own [...]

Nobel Prize Eve

Nobel Prize Eve

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded tomorrow.  I’ll be celebrating, as I always do, by eating a molten chocolate cake with marshmallow filling cooked in a mold the shape of Saul Bellow’s head.  I call it Mallow Bellow.  But seriously, nobody knows who will win this year’s Nobel Prize, though Book Fox has [...]

Disclosure: Not Just a Crappy Demi Moore Movie Anymore

Disclosure:  Not Just a Crappy Demi Moore Movie Anymore

The FCC has decreed that bloggers must disclose whenever they receive a promotional copy of a book that they’ve blogged about (or, one would suppose a DVD or what have you).  This is theoretically to prevent payola scams and the like, but the fact that it’s targeted at bloggers means reviving the old “who gets [...]

Quick Links for Monday

Quick Links for Monday

Monday’s are always busy.  Here are the things you need to know about today: The National Book Foundation announced its “5 Under 35″ list today, and among those honored are Ceridwen Dovey and Josh Weil.  Check out the full list here. The Huffington Post launched its new books section today.  It’s very busy, but then [...]

Quoted

Quoted

Helen DeWitt, writing about the inherent flaws of The Millions’ best of the millennium series (via Lee Konstantinou): I got an email a while back from The Millions asking me to nominate my top 5 books for the new millennium, with the following constraints: they must be fiction, they must be available in English. The [...]

My Best of the Decade: Are We Laughing Yet?

My Best of the Decade:  Are We Laughing Yet?

As regular readers of this site know, I contributed to the “pro” list of The Millions Best Books of the Millennium (So Far).  You can read what I had to say about one of the books chosen by popular decree, Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, here.  As I stated on this blog, however, I [...]

Social Publishing & More Good Stuff

Social Publishing & More Good Stuff

One of the most consistently thought provoking and informative blogs on the web is The Lone Gunman.  Some of you no doubt follow it after Jason Kottke gave it a plug a few months back.  For those who haven’t taken the time to check it out, now would be a great time to start, as [...]

Best of the Millennium?

Best of the Millennium?

I know I’ve been talking about this all week long, but it’s all been building to this moment.  Today, The Millions revealed its pick for the best fiction of the millennium (so far).  The top choice was The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Author Margot Livesey writes about the book: Illuminated by Jonathan Franzen’s brilliant prose, [...]

Branding: The Future of Publishing?

Branding:  The Future of Publishing?

Bob Stein has written a very thoughtful and compelling post about the future of bookstores at if:book, the website for the Institute for the Future of the Book.  It’s an excellent piece, so please click through to read it in its entirety, but I’ll try to summarize a bit of it here.  His thesis is [...]

Get Linked

Get Linked

It’s Wednesday afternoon, which means there’s a lot out there to point out.  Here’s what we’re excited about at the moment: Boing Boing has a post about this incredible bookstore now inhabiting an old church.  It’s bookstore porn, though, as one of the commenters laments, no wifi.  Darn. I’m mentioning it again:  The Millions will [...]

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