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[Baby Got Books] A Moveable Feast
To be honest, I never had much interest in Ernest Hemingway until I read The Paris Wife after Jim’s review posted on BGB. While reading about Hemingway’s life in Paris from his wife Hadley’s point of view (even the fiction version), I made a mental note to put A Moveable Feast on the short

[Salon Books] After e-literature, there’s no going back
So far all our other interviews have been about conventional printed books. We’ve talked to Lev Grossman about the development of the internet, and he gave us some conventional print books about that. What we haven’t talked about, yet, is books that are either written directly for the internet

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: America, land of inequality
Putting America's bankers out of business now

[Guardian Books Blog] What Macbeth tells us about the digital world
For all its remoteness in time, the tragedy has some curious resonances with today's books worldI have been re-reading Macbeth (my daughter is studying the play as a set text), marvelling at its economy, plotting and intensity. I won't be the first person to say that it feels like a play written in

[The Millions] “Norman was the very antithesis of minimalism”
Apart from calling up visions of a Carver-Mailer axis of literary minimalism, these remarks by Joyce Carol Oates upon winning the Mailer Prize convince us that Mailer had quite the unflappable ego. Related posts: The Ever Quotable Norman Mailer Norman Mailer made an unorthodox appearance at the

[NYT] Giant Gollum Sculpture Unveiled at Wellington Airport
The Wellington International Airport in New Zealand is now home to a 42-foot-long sculpture of Gollum, the misunderstood monster from J. R. R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" novels and Peter Jackson's film adaptations.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Not so much
The world's most popular

[The Millions] The Very Picture of Guilt
If the prospect of dealing with Frankenstorm is harshing your mellow this Halloween, you might want to look at The Paris Review Daily’s illustrated Telltale Heart. Related posts: The Best Picture Wins Best Picture My hope, in the end, is that the incessant hype... ‘Was Guilt Innocent?’

[The Millions] He Said, He Said (Tom Wolfe Edition)
Thomas Mallon seemed to enjoy Tom Wolfe’s new novel. Our own Nick Moran? Not so much. Related posts: There Is a Miami Beyond This Miami: On Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe Miami is a veritable treasure chest of weird. Hell, they... Tuesday New Release Day: Wolfe, Attenberg, Snicket, Onion Tom Wolfe is

[The Millions] Staff Pick: The New Jim Crow
If you are anything like me, you cried along with Jesse Jackson on the November night, now almost four years ago, that Barack Obama was first elected president. Jackson, who had been with Martin Luther King the night he was shot in 1968, seemed to be passing the torch from a generation of black men

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Brain technology to work
You're far less in control of your brain than you think

[The Millions] On Formative Viewings
At The Guardian’s website, Joe Queenan examines a little-known film, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, that “beguiled” Martin Scorcese when he was just twelve years old. Related posts: Inflated Adjectives I myself prefer only to read books that have been... Thinking of a Dream I Had: The

[NYT] Khaled Hosseini Plans New Novel Next May
The author of the international bestseller "The Kite Runner'' will return to the theme of family relations in a new book scheduled for release in May.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Fade to light
The specifics are up for debate

[The Millions] Not Halloween, Halloween-ish
At The Hairpin, Edith Zimmerman tries her hand at spooky short fiction. Related posts: “Ish” Writes to Granta From Granta, we learn that Kazuo Ishiguro likes to go... 4.7-ish Degrees of Separation If you use Facebook (if?), the degree of separation from... Just in time for Halloween…

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: With the election approaching
Why most celebs are for Obama

[NYT] Day-Lewis Gives Parents' Papers to Oxford
Daniel Day-Lewis, the Academy Award-winning star of "Lincoln," and his sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, are donating papers and correspondence from their father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, and mother, the actress Jill Balcon.

[Lit Saloon] 莫言醉®
       What's in a name ? Apparently a lot -- if it's the name of a Chinese Nobel laureate: as reported in Shanghai Daily: A liquor brand with the name of Chinese writer Mo Yan -- winner of the Nobel Literature Prize this year -- has been sold for 10 million yuan

[Lit Saloon] Penguin Random House
       It's been widely reported but can't go unmentioned: Bertelsmann and Pearson have merged mega-publishers Penguin and Random House into a super-mega-publisher. See, for example, press releases from Penguin and Random House; at GalleyCat Jason Boog has Markus

[Lit Saloon] New issue of World Literature Today
       The November/December issue of World Literature Today is now available -- in part -- online.        As usual, lots of very good stuff -- and most admirably, they have made the entire review-section (still my favorite part

[Lit Saloon] From Germany to Germany reviews
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Günter Grass' Diary 1990, From Germany to Germany, now available in English.

[Guardian Books Blog] Scary stories for Halloween: Gramma by Stephen King
Time spent with grandmother has rarely been such a terrifying experience"George couldn't help disliking Grandma. She was a selfish grumpy old woman. She had pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom." Perhaps it's because I was genuinely disconcerted by the "grizzly old

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Vonnegut, Russo, Wood, Springsteen, Donoghue
Even as much of the Eastern U.S. is lashed by a massive storm, we have new books this week, skewing mostly to non-fiction, including Kurt Vonnegut’s collected letters, Richard Russo’s memoir Elsewhere, James Wood’s collection of essays The Fun Stuff, and Peter Carlin’s

[The Millions] Big Bird is History: Why We Fund PBS
Last week, a friend of mine told me he never understood why the government funded PBS in the first place. Sesame Street is marketable and could be bought out by Disney or Nickelodeon in a second. The same goes for all of PBS’s best shows. So why should taxpayers fund PBS? “Believe” is the

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Oct 30, 2012 @ 9:30:00 am
Penguin and Random House to combine

[The Millions] Computer of Horrors
If you’re on the East Coast and still have power, don’t let Sandy ruin your Halloween – feast your eyes on these vintage horror paperback covers, instead. Stay safe! Related posts: Oh No, Computer Radiohead can typically do no wrong in the eyes of... Cubans, Minimalists, and

[The Millions] Steal This Curiosity
“At first, I didn’t realize that AlexanderIII was translating the book; I thought he was just a fastidious Russian reader with a loose command of the English language. It was fun to see people debating the meanings of my thoroughly worked-over phrases…Then I remembered that no Russian

[The Millions] Cracking the Code
The world’s oldest undeciphered writing is currently in the process of being deciphered. Related posts: The Smithy Code Can you handle another Da Vinci Code story? It has... Google jumps on the Da Vinci Code bandwagon A week doesn’t go by that there’s not some new... This Week in

[Guardian Books Blog] Scary stories for Halloween: The Screaming Skull by Francis Marion Crawford
The unanswered questions about this tale, and its teller, will leave your teeth chattering well after you've finished reading itAs a six-year-old I was so terrified by one of Alison Uttley's Little Grey Rabbit stories that I tore the spine off the book to prevent it from giving me the evil eye in

[The Millions] Confessions of a Theorist
“This is the odd space these Theory Generation novels inhabit, making them peculiar novels of ideas. Their writers have read enough Theory at a young enough age to be in continued thrall to its power; they do justice to the disorienting shock those texts once had, and perhaps still have. Yet

[NYT] Mother and Son: Richard Russo Talks About 'Elsewhere'
Mr. Russo on his decision to write a memoir, the autobiography in his fiction and more.

[The Millions] Listen Up!
Here’s a rare recording of Ezra Pound reading his work. Related posts: News That Stays News “Yes, they believed I was a dangerous person, unpredictable, and... Listen Up! Don DeLillo spoke in Chicago last week, after receiving the... Tin Ears Tuning In: Alex Ross’s Listen to This Ross’s

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Random House and Penguin merge to take on Amazon, Apple
Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann plan to merge their publishers Penguin and Random House, aiming to gain the upper hand in their relationship with Amazon and Apple, the leaders in the ebook revolution. Education and media publisher Pearson said on Monday the joint venture - which will

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Theory Generation
f you studied the liberal arts in an American college anytime after 1980, you were likely exposed to what is universally called Theory. Perhaps you still possess some recognizable talismans: that copy of The Foucault Reader, with the master's bald head and piercing eyes emblematic of pure

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Oct 31, 2012 @ 12:34:00 am
Supreme Court agrees to decide book-pirating case

[Lit Saloon] Prizes: AKO Literatuurprijs
       They've announced that Post Mortem by Peter Terrin has been awarded the 2012 AKO Literatuurprijs, a leading Dutch literary prize (with the winner receiving €50,000). (Bonus points, too, for the fact that they reveal all the titles entered/in the

[Lit Saloon] Prizes: Scotiabank Giller Prize
       They've announced that 419, by Will Ferguson, has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize.        No US or UK edition yet, apparently, but get your copy at

[Lit Saloon] Prizes: Canada-Japan Literary Awards
       The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 2012 Canada-Japan Literary Awards, "which recognize literary excellence by Canadian authors writing on Japan or Japanese themes".        The English-category prize

[Lit Saloon] Prizes: French prize countdown
       The French literary-prize season is about to peak, as the final shortlists have been announced -- including the final four in the running for the prix Goncourt; see, for example, this overview -- and the winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

[Lit Saloon] Coetzee biography
       In the Daily Maverick Rebecca Davis reviews J.C.Kannemeyer's newly translated (by Michiel Heyns) biography of J.M.Coetzee [via].        It sounds fascinating -- so when are the US and UK editions due out ? (Can't find a

[The Millions] What Hasbro Doesn’t Want You To Know
The socialist history of Monopoly. Related posts: Do Not Pass Go. Christopher Ketcham takes Harper’s readers through the “antimonopolist history” of... Russia Debriefing Mikhail Gorbachev is calling for an annulment of the recent... Theft and Academic Publishing In light of Aaron

[The Millions] Only Real Cultures Deserve Monuments: Joshua Cohen on the Internet Era
I am sitting in RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire listening to Joshua Cohen read from Four New Messages, his new book of short fiction published this summer by Graywolf Press (our review). The house is not exactly packed, but the small audience is rapt and leans forward to catch every

[Guardian Books Blog] Superstorm Sandy: a power beyond fiction?
Can any scenes in literature convey the awful impact of something like this week's terrifying catastrophe in the US?As America reels from the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy, I can't help wondering if literature has any scenes to match its terrifying power.There's King Lear, of course, with its

[The Millions] Happy Halloween
Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman have written a comic zombie novel entitled The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, which can be read for free on the website Wattpad. So far, three chapters have been posted, with a total of thirteen to be published in the ensuing weeks. Related posts: Not Halloween,

[The Millions] The Wrath of the Translator
The English Illiad, compared: a look at the translations of Robert Fagles, Anthony Verity, Stephen Mitchell, and more. Related posts: The Loneliness of the Icelandic Translator Victoria Cribb is one of Icelandic literature’s “best-known” translators into... Murakami’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Scary stories for Halloween: The Birds by Daphne du Maurier
Building from an almost pastoral scene of autumnal Cornwall, this carefully realistic story builds into unfathomable horrorDespite her reputation as a "romantic novelist", a label the author herself always chafed against, Daphne du Maurier wrote two of the most menacing tales of 20th-century fiction

[The Millions] iDentity
“Up until very recently, I’d recount my online experiences with some degree of shame or sheepishness, but in this apocalyptic year of 2012, that embarrassment is beginning to fall by the wayside. I’ve been having more and more conversations with people grappling with what is gained

[Book Forum] SYLLABI: Esther Yi: Catastrophe and Disaster

[The Millions] Powerhouse
Big news in the publishing world: Penguin and Random House have announced their decision to merge. Related posts: Self-Publishing… With Penguin Want to be published by Penguin? For $99 (£60), you... Article in Poets & Writers I have an article in the newest issue of Poets... The Rooster

[Guardian Books Blog] Scary stories for Halloween: Little terrors for children
From Joan Aiken's A Foot in the Grave, to Lindsey Barraclough's Long Lankin, some haunting tales, even in adulthood, have the power to spookHigh autumn is the season of scary stories. Rusting leaves and greyish-white tendrils of mist impel me to take down half-remembered, wholly feared volumes from

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