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Guest Post: Paria Kooklan on Iran Overload

Guest Post:  Paria Kooklan on Iran Overload

Paria Kooklan writes the incredibly hilarious blog Stuck in the Safety Net.  As you will soon learn, she’s at work on a novel.  She was good enough to tend the shop while I was away: I recently started working on a novel about an Iranian-American family living in Southern California. Come to think of it, [...]

See Me at the 140 Characters Conference

See Me at the 140 Characters Conference

It’s going to be a light week here next week, as I’m going to be rocking the Governor’s Conference on Women down in Long Beach.  Vroman’s is the official bookstore of the conference, and I’m scheduled to be down there for the first few days of the week.  If you’re going to the conference, be [...]

Four Questions

Four Questions

Why is it that whenever someone posts something critical, or at least skeptical, of “THE FUTURE” everyone in the comments section has to take time out of their busy days to call that person a Luddite or a fool or to gleefully taunt the original poster that he’ll be out of the business in five [...]

Bookswap This Saturday (And Other News)

Bookswap This Saturday (And Other News)

A lot has happened since I last posted about what’s happening on the internet.  Before we get into that, though, I must mention this Saturday’s Bookswap, co-hosted by Vroman’s and Goodreads.  What is a bookswap, you ask?  It’s an opportunity to bring in a book you read (or several books you read) and pick up [...]

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 [...]

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