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Top Book Blogs 07/2012

[Bookslut] An Interview with Jill Talbot
Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, edited by Jill Talbot, includes essays by Bernard Cooper, Ander Monson, Lena Dunham, Brenda Miller, and me. The title explains the project -- writers writing essays about writing. I was a very tentative contributor....

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: June 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

[Baby Got Books] Remain In Light
When I finished Conquering Venus by local author and friend of BGB, Collin Kelly, (see my review here) I remember thinking I couldn’t wait for the second novel in this trilogy. But a couple years have passed and I asked myself  “Do I really have time for the second book, Remain In Light, when

[The Millions] iShakespeare
Got a smartphone? Check out the new Sonnets by William Shakespeare app to receive 154 poems, scholarly annotations and criticism, as well as special sonnet performances from such notables as Sir Patrick Stewart. Revisiting The Bard of Avon’s verse will prove so pleasurable; you’ll probably

[The Millions] The Racket
Tired of reading Mark O’Connell’s articles in silence? Check out his two pieces in The Racket, the first of which features attached audio from the author himself, and the second features an embedded video with Sam Bungey, the publication’s editor. Consider Mark’s reading Exhibit B in the

[The Millions] “The history of sex is also a literary history.”
We knew this day would come. A review of Fifty Shades of Grey appears in The Los Angeles Review of Books. Your move, Robert Silvers. Related posts: My Ears! My Ears! In a move that could scar you for life, Gilbert... “I’ve set the bar quite high in terms of storytelling” Fifty Shades of Grey

[Bookslut] An Interview with Gina Apostol
When agent Kirby Kim first sent me Gina Apostol's Gun Dealers' Daughter, pitching it as an "obdurately literate tale of rebellion and romance, adolescence and assassins," I couldn't help starting to read immediately, despite the piles of work that crowded...

[Bookslut] An Interview with Don Lee
Don Lee is definitely a good news-bad news sort of guy, albeit all in the same breath. Good news: he's not going to Texas this summer, because his fourth and latest book, The Collective, is published this month and...

[The Millions] “Hemingway, a perfervid admirer of ‘grace under pressure.’”
Here’s a treat for all you literary legal buffs. A judge in the Middle District of Florida denied a request for a continuance in a murder-for-hire trial. But wait, it gets better. The defense attorney, Frank Louderback, is a perennial contestant in Hemingway Look-alike Society’s annual Ernest

[Bookslut] Durrell at 100
Lawrence Durrell's centenary passed in February 2012. Reaction seemed muted: the celebration was limited to a series of academic conferences in London and some notes in the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph (and, I've just noticed, a Newsweek and...

[The Millions] No, I only work there for the paycheck!
Jessica Francis Kane’s mother worked for Playboy back in the 1960s, a time “when it was an intellectual magazine as well as a pinup, when people really did subscribe to it for the articles.” Over at The Morning News, Kane shares a fascinating interview with her mother, and they talk about what

[Bookslut] Erasure: Reading “The Memory Factory”
It’s summer, but I’ve been thinking about a day at the end of one of the Januaries I missed. Sigmund Freud was sitting there, eighty two years old, with his face all messed up, attacked by mouth cancer. He’d...

[Lit Saloon] Mahmoud Dowlatabadi profile
       I've long been telling readers that Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is an author worth seeking out, and it's great that he's been getting a bit more English-language attention. Today he gets a lot more well-deserved attention, as The New York Times has a profile of this

[Lit Saloon] Writing in ... Sri Lanka
       In the new issue of The Caravan Anjum Hasan wonders: 'How do Sri Lankan writers recreate their country in their fiction ?' in What We Talk About When We Talk About Sri Lanka.        Among the novels discussed: Shehan

[Lit Saloon] Paul Theroux Q and A
       At Reuters Nick Olivari talks with Paul Theroux about his new novel, The Lower River, in Book Talk: Former Peace Corp volunteer finds Africa changed.

[Lit Saloon] July issues
       Among the July issues of online periodicals now available are those from Words without Borders, July 2012: New Writing from Japan (with some pieces 'On the Crisis in Greece' as well), and the July issue of Open Letters Monthly.

[Lit Saloon] The Neruda Case review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Roberto Ampuero's The Neruda Case.        Amazing (and yet not ...) that this is the first of longtime US-resident (and University of Iowa teacher) Ampuero's

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Northern Exposure
Blaine Harden’s chronicle of Shin Dong-hyuk’s life in a North Korean prison camp and his eventual escape is a slim, searing, humble book—as close to perfect as these volumes of anguished testimony can be. Shin is a child of the camp system in the most literal sense—he was

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jul 2, 2012 @ 12:52:00 am
Jennifer Weiner's new book ad pokes fun at Jeff Eugenides; an Italian town holds an anti-mafia book festival; the diaries of New York novelist Dawn Powell are being sold online.

[Bookslut] An Interview with Eva Illouz
Since reading Eva Illouz's Why Love Hurts, I have written about it endlessly, talked about it endlessly, pushed copies onto my friends endlessly. It's not that often that a massive book of theory sparks such a reaction in me,...

[Bookslut] Firing Desire: Communal Possibilities in the Life and Work of David Wojnarowicz
When I first read David Wojnarowicz’s Close to the Knives in 1992 (or maybe 1993), it was like I had found my rage in print, a sense of maybe a little bit of hope in a world of loss....

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview
2012 has already been a rich year for books, with new novels from Toni Morrison, Richard Ford, and Hilary Mantel and essay collections from Marilynn Robinson and Jonathan Franzen, to name just a fraction of what we’ve featured, raved about, chewed on, and puzzled over so far. But the remainder

[Guardian Books Blog] Books Festival deckchairs: send us your quotations
Suggest quotations for the deckchairs that will be gracing Charlotte Square at the Edinburgh International Books Festival this year – and win a deckchair for your own gardenGet ready people. We're now a scant month away from the festival that will define the summer: two weeks of sparring and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The evolution of cooperation
Selfishness beats altruism within groups, altruistic groups beat selfish groups

[Baby Got Books] Last Friday’s Links
Our summer plans are making a mockery of our regularly scheduled programming around here.  These are last Friday’s links.  Today’s scheduled Book Time with Meg will be back next Friday.  Will there be Friday Links this Friday?  Tune in to find out.  Anyway.  Links: Do check out the

[The Millions] Ugh, “The Great American Novel”
A short  history of The Great American Novel. Related posts: The Great American Novel How it all got started: in 1868, The Nation published... Shirley Jackson: Great American Novelist? Laura Miller at Salon explains why she would choose the... David Foster Wallace, A Great American Novelist, Dead

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Unexceptional from the ground
Debating the best representations

[The Millions] Elaborate Gilded Contraptions
I wonder if this historical look at the crafting of espresso machines in The Smithsonian will make you think, as I did, about  how incredibly Steam Punk a good cappuccino can be. No related posts.

[NYT] Times Staffers Recommend Books About American Politicians
Suggestions include "The Hemingses of Monticello" and "

[The Millions] 5 steps to authordom!
So you wanna be an author? Here are 5 painful and incredibly difficult steps to becoming an author, from Craked‘s Robert Brockway. Related posts: Kindle-Proof Your Book in Seven Easy Steps! For the Luddite writer who wants to put her royalties... Title Your Novel in Three Easy Steps! or, The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Bangladesh and Pakistan
What are the odds of a coup in Pakistan?

[The Millions] Reading Rainbow returns!
LeVar Burton is relaunching Reading Rainbow! Though in a new form: the show that aired on PBS for 26  years will be available as an iPad app, which you can preview at engadget. Related posts: More on Reading Rainbow My mom reacts to Reading Rainbow’s demise and points out... Take a Look,

[Salon Books] The search for decolonial love
On May 19, 2012, I met over breakfast with Junot Díaz; we were both attending a two-day symposium about his work at Stanford University. The resulting conversation touched on Díaz’s concern with race, his debt to the writings of women of color, and his fictional explorations of psychic and

[Salon Books] Famous writers’ art and design
I attended the High School of Music and Art in Harlem, graduating in 1970. As one might expect, it was a place rich with talent. The program was split in two (as the name implies), and as I walked the halls, music would pour out from every corner. What I found interesting then was that many of the

[Lit Saloon] Caine Prize for African Writing
       They've announced that the Caine Prize for African Writing -- the leading African short story prize -- goes to 'Bombay's Republic', by Rotimi Babatunde (not yet at the official site, last I checked ... but see, for example the report and press release at

[Lit Saloon] Bookselling in ... India
       In The Hindu S.Anandan reports on the rapidly changing Indian retail market, speaking with Harper Collins India publisher and chief editor, V.K.Karthika, in 'Retail bookstores need to reinvent themselves'.

[Lit Saloon] Shimmer Chinodya profile
       In The Herald they profile Zimbabwean author Shimmer Chinodya.        He explains: My fiction seeks to explore and extend the borders of reality, to question and tease matters of identity, class and culture, the past and

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Mengele's Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics by Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman
Clyde Snow, a cigar-sucking Texan anthropologist, once remarked that "bones make good witnesses . . . they never lie and they never forget." Snow rose to something like prominence in the mid-1980s when two South American exhumations linked the morbid skills of forensic anthropology to the increasing

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jul 3, 2012 @ 12:35:00 am
An Argentine publisher releases a book written in disappearing ink; HarperCollins's CEO is optimistic about New Corp's decision to split them off from the company's cable channels

[The Millions] A Travel Guide to American Hypocrisy
1. The park ranger wore a pannier. The side-hooped undergarment held her dress out about a half foot at each side at the hip, creating even wider girth for the already stoutish civil servant. Over the frock, she wore an apron, and over her flushed cheeks and damp curls, a white ruffled mob cap. It

[Baby Got Books] Meet Laura Szumowski
Last week, we welcomed old friend Ben Tanzer to the blog to talk about his short story collection, New York Stories.   The collection comes in an amazing edition with fantastic illustrations.  Today we welcome new friend Laura Szumowski the illustrator of New York Stories to the blog. Laura

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Team spirit
The problem with buying sports "experiences"

[The Millions] Cross Off and Move On
Equipment for today’s lunch hour: 1) somewhere sunny and out-of-doors to sit; 2) failing that, a gazebo or other shelter from inclement weather; 3) a printout of Deborah Eisenberg‘s latest short story, from the current NYRB; 4) undivided attention. Related posts: New Deborah

[The Millions] LA Story
Los Angeles for beginners: A BookForum syllabus. Related posts: A Beginner’s Guide to Drugs For Girls Tasteless and horrifying–nay, even a sign of the apocalypse–or rather... Serializing in the Digital Age II City of Quartz author Mike Davis is writing a biography... From the

[Guardian Books Blog] JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy: cover design revealed
Understated design for Harry Potter author's first adult novel gets mixed reception. What clues do you think it holds?The release of the cover image for JK Rowling's first adult novel has unleashed a flurry of speculative tweets. "What's with the lower case i?" wondered our own @gdnchildrensbks.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Change your life
This is one of the laws of human stupidity

[The Millions] Pun titles for the win
In which Jami Attenberg (whose forthcoming The Middlesteins made it to our big 2012 second half books preview) discusses the outright mockery of Jeffrey Eugenides’s pseudo-famous vest in the web advertising campaign (which–full disclosure–also ran on The Millions) for Jennifer

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: What you are reading, today?
Your space to talk about the books and authors you are reading. This week Murakami and Žižek are discussed, plus the Great American Novel contest continuesAfter a week's holiday, TLS is back to from the rain and windswept seaside with virtual multicoloured sticks of rock for everyone and my

[The Millions] The Future of Print
Here’s a lovely little documentary collecting interviews with various people of the book. Stephen Fowler, of The Moneky’s Paw antiquarian book shop, makes an appearance, though his remarks seem slightly less macabre in HD than those he gave to Kyo Maclear back in March. Joanne Saul,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On the market
How markets crowd out morals

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