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[The Millions] Are eReaders Really Green?
1. In 2009, the Book Industry Environmental Council set a couple of environmental goals for the U.S. book industry. Using a calculation of the industry’s total greenhouse gas emissions from 2006 as its baseline, the BIEC and its members pledged to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint by 20%

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Mandel, Caro, Freudenberger, Fountain, Bechdel, Coll
Our own Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel The Lola Quartet is out today. New Yorkers can see her (and some other Millions staffers) read on Sunday. Also out are Robert Caro’s latest installment of his LBJ biography, Nell Freudenberger’s The Newlyweds, Billy Lynn’s Halftime

[Baby Got Books] I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
Short stories are a tricky breed.  Intuitively, it seems that they would be easier to craft than long form fiction, because you don’t have to keep a reader interested for as long, right?  But at the same time, the expectations for short stories are that they will pack more of a punch

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: Our review list
Tell us about the books you're reading this week and suggest topics and authors you think we should be covering on the siteHello and welcome to this week's blog. Here are some highlights from last week's thread. elinwyn89 writes:Reading Great Expectations for the first time, quickly making its way

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: April 2012
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The last twentieth-century ideology standing
The once and future liberalism

[The Millions] In America, the rich are hallowed.
Stephen King’s expletive laden plea to pay more taxes. Related posts: only sell to the rich or deranged The folks at BookRide, the blog of London’s beloved antiquarian... “The ringing, defiant poetry of Adrienne Rich.” The New Yorker has made six poems that Adrienne Rich...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: An ominous sign
A walk on the wild side

[The Millions] What troubles me are the silences in my own memory.
In remembrance of Adrienne Rich, who died just this past March, Vida has published 21 love poems. No related posts.

[NYT] PEN Festival Panel Gives Christopher Hitchens Mixed Grades
Five prominent writers and editors discussed the legacy of Christoper Hitchens on Monday night.

[The Millions] Byliner takes a book off of Amazon
Byliner, the experimental e-publisher of novella length nonfiction, had to take Buzz Bissinger’s “After Friday Night Lights” off of Amazon when the mega-seller’s price-matching algorithm tried to sell the book for nothing. Related posts: Byliner Goes Fiction Byliner, which

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Looking to Latin America
Voting and life satisfaction in Latin America

[The Millions] Northrop Frye… “a prodigy whose promise was entirely fulfilled.”
The latest issue of the University of Toronto Magazine has an informative, if slightly hagiographical, tribute to the literary critic Northrop Frye. This year marks a century since his birth. Related posts: LMC Revival Anyone interested in up-and-coming literary magazines should check out

[The Millions] Anything that helps you to see. Anything that makes you look
On Flannery O’ Connor’s practice of making visual art, and how the habits of an artist informed her sensibility as a writer. Related posts: Picador’s Tumblr Makes Up For Lost Time The Picador folks joined Tumblr recently (like we asked) and... Oscar Wao Author Helps Inaugurate New

[Lit Saloon] Caine Prize shortlist
       They've announced the shortlist for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing -- and you can read the shortlisted titles at the official site; one of them is described as: "a hardboiled noir tale involving a disembodied leg" -- surely you have to

[Lit Saloon] Man Booker Prize sponsor concerns ?
       The sponsor (and namesake) of several literary prizes -- most notably the Man Booker Prize -- hedge fund Man Group is apparently not doing well, as Azam Ahmed and Mark Scott report at The New York Times' Dealbook in Faltering Hedge Fund Under a Cloud.

[Lit Saloon] 'Reviewing Translations' at PEN World Voices
       The PEN World Voices festival really gets going in the coming days, and one of tomorrow's highlights is certainly the Reviewing Translations panel, with Ruth Franklin, Julya Rabinowich, and Lorin Stein, and moderated by Eric Banks and Susan Bernofsky.

[Lit Saloon] May issues
       Among the May issues of online periodicals now available are the Writing from the Indian Ocean-issue of Words without Borders, and the May issue of Open Letters Monthly.

[Lit Saloon] The Corrections, not ready for primetime
       As widely reported, HBO has passed on a TV-series-version of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections; see, for example, the TVLine report.        The pilot was directed and co-written by Noah Baumbach, and starred Ewan McGregor,

[Lit Saloon] HHhH review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Laurent Binet's HHhH, now out in English.        I had high hopes for this; they were not met.        It is amusing to see

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: May 1, 2012 @ 10:11:00 pm
Microsoft has invested $300 million in Barnes and Noble's Nook e-reader; Laura Miller reviews a "Frankenstein" app; Melville House book angers French president Nicholas Sarkozy.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Dreaming in French: Trois Femmes, Une Cité
The American girl in Paris is a trope as iconic as the three subjects of Alice Kaplan's Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, though it's a somewhat unexpected triumvirate: their primary commonality would seem to be a certain transcendence

[The Millions] Post-40 Bloomer: Spencer Reece, The Poet’s Tale
Click here to read about “Post-40 Bloomers,” a monthly feature at The Millions. 1. I try to recall what made me run out and buy Spencer Reece’s debut poetry collection. The book had been recently published, so this would have been 2004. Back then, I still got my news in paper form, the daily

[Baby Got Books] Fifty Shades of Grey
(This is another guest post by our friend Shannon here in Atlanta.  Thanks, Shannon!) Ok, Judgy McJudgerpants, before you get all high and mighty on me, let me explain. I will read almost anything that is getting a lot of attention just so I can be part of the conversation. That’s it. Now that

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of animal suffering
Animals raised for food are sentient beings with rich emotional lives — they feel everything from joy to grief

[The Millions] Must’ve Been a “Ruff” Proofread
Aspiring authors, take note. If you want to sell your latest book, grow another set of legs, some fur, and bark adorably. That’s what earned Uggie, the dog from The Artist, his forthcoming memoir, Uggie: My Story. Suddenly, our dog-book pun-a-thon from a while back seems prescient. No related

[The Millions] Jack White Gets Interviewed By Buzz Aldrin
Jack White is so impossibly cool that, when he asked Buzz Aldrin to be his interviewer in the latest issue of Interview magazine… the former astronaut obliged. No related posts.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What is fair game to discuss
You may soon be arguing for the opposite

[The Millions] Reference Point: Fathers and Sons
1. Not quite a month before my 13th birthday, my father gave me a gift, a mass-market paperback edition of The Universal Encyclopedia of Mathematics. The 715-page book, which cost him one dollar and 50 cents, is, the cover proclaims, “The only reference book of its kind ever published.”

[The Millions] Music Writing Set to Music: Genius
Christopher R. Weingarten’s long Spin essay about Lana Del Rey, Cults, and “a multitude of mostly female-led indie heartachers” is one of the best things you’ll read this week. It’s also, as a matter of fact, one of the best multimedia integrations of Spotify I’ve

[NYT] Steve Coll Talks About the Power of Exxon Mobil
The author of "Private Empire" answers questions about the global operations and influence of Exxon Mobil.

[The Millions] Fun Fact: Emily’s Not Keen on Time Travel
Jason Rice interviewed our own Emily St. John Mandel yesterday. They talk about her new book, The Lola Quartet, which celebrates its One Day Old birthday today. Related posts: The Agony and Ecstasy of a TAL Fact Checker Surprising news emerged today about This American Life‘s Mike Daisey...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: If it were not for challenges to the faith
Religions behave like any other worldly individual or organisation

[The Millions] Shirley Clarke Project Commences
Shirley Clarke, older sister of Elaine Dundy (who wrote Millions favorite The Dud Avocado), was an Academy Award-winning filmmaker. If you’re curious about her work, you’ll be happy to learn that Milestone Films will soon begin their Shirley Clarke Project by releasing her restored

[Lit Saloon] Best Translated Book Awards ceremony
       A reminder that the Best Translated Book Awards will be handed out tomorrow, Friday, 4 May, at 18:00 at McNally Jackson in New York.        I was one of the judges, and I'll be there .....

[Lit Saloon] 'Jewish' fiction ?
       In moment they wonder: Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Fiction ? -- and quite few authors, including Geraldine Brooks, Howard Jacobson, A.B. Yehoshua, Walter Mosley, Etgar Keret, and Allegra Goodman weigh in (offering the whole expected spectrum of

[Lit Saloon] Literary weblogs, dead and alive
       At El País' Vano oficio-weblog Iván Thays finds Algunos muertos gozan de buena salud -- arguing that it's no longer as easy for (literary) weblogs to make their mark or be relevant. Nevertheless, he notes some still are in robust health -- and he

[Lit Saloon] Confusion review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Stefan Zweig's Confusion.        Pushkin Press brought this -- Anthea Bell's new translation -- out a few years back in the UK, but now New York Review Books

[The Millions] Recommended Single Sentence Animation
You may have heard us mention Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading project recently. It’s a great new venture in which short stories are selected by other prominent writers — and it’s recently surpassed its fundraising goal. Now, they’ve even combined the project

[The Millions] An Evening With The Millions
This Sunday, come out to the KGB Bar and meet The Millions! A pile of staffers including C. Max Magee, Garth Risk Hallberg, Emily St. John Mandel, Sonya Chung, and yours truly will be there, and a good number of them will be reading their work. The event even ends by nine, so you can rush home to

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Traveler of the Century by Andres Neuman, trans. by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia
It begins on a moonlit night. A carriage traverses the cold German countryside. The lights of a nearby (or is it far-off?) city shimmer and shift. A turn is taken and suddenly a traveler finds himself before the city's walls, and then within them. Uncertain figures move through the mist. The

[The Millions] The Poetry of Mental Unhealth: Philip Larkin
To my knowledge, the last poet to have made the bestseller list — in England, anyway — is Philip Larkin, whose Collected Poems spent several months in 1988 battling it out with Robert Ludlum’s The Icarus Agenda. That’s a remarkable achievement for a poet whose constitutional

[Baby Got Books] Any Questions?
Actually, if you do have any questions, read the story on this cool poster at Galleycat.

[Guardian Books Blog] Christopher Priest rumpus ensured a vintage year for Arthur C Clarke award
Jane Rogers' breakthrough win – and the brouhaha surrounding Priest's attack on the authors and judges – made for a classicI've been going to the Arthur C Clarke awards ceremony at the Apollo cinema in London for four years now, and have always regarded it as a highlight on the literary

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The manly sport of American politics
Ways to spot a B.S. political story in under 10 seconds

[The Millions] If Nobel Laureates Wrote for Home Depot
The Paris Review presents a spread of paint chips “sourced from the colors in literature.” Related posts: Who Wrote the First Mystery Novel? “Never mind whether the butler did it. Here’s a real... Nobel Speculation With the Nobel Prize for Literature to be awarded on... Rote She Wrote At

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: May 3, 2012 @ 10:37:00 am
"Electronic author cooperatives" read self-published e-books so you don't have to; HBO has passed on a TV series based on The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel about a midwestern family; Mediabistro is gearing up to host its first online literary festival.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Forgive us our debts
Most analysts divide postwar capitalism into two periods. The first extends from the late 1940s into the 1970s. The end of the second appears to have been announced by the crisis – at first a 'financial' crisis, now often a 'debt' crisis – that broke out in 2008. The precise boundary

[The Millions] HBO Turns Down The Corrections
HBO turned down the television adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, despite an all-star crew: Franzen himself adapted the novel to television, Noah Baumbach promised to direct the series, and Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal were cast as leads. Novelist A-J Aronstein can

[Guardian Books Blog] Don't judge a book by the ad on its cover
With publishers in China set to plaster book covers with advertisements, which commercial match-ups would you like to see on your shelves?Chalk it up as another brilliant innovation – or a sign of the impending apocalypse – as China Daily reports that publishers are making space on the front


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