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Top Book Blogs 10/2012 (Page 4)

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Games of Life
“I should tell this story the way one should tell this story to one who has never made a bed,” says the narrator of “Sent,” the final missive in Joshua Cohen’s immoderately brilliant tetralogy Four New Messages. He’s describing a bed. Or rather, he’s

[Lit Saloon] One Thousand and One Nights conversation
       At Guernica Erica Wagner has a Q & A with Marina Warner and Hanan al-Shaykh, asking: 'What can The One Thousand and One Nights teach the modern world ?' in Cunning and Guile.

[Lit Saloon] The Island of Last Truth review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Flavia Company's The Island of Last Truth -- a castaway-tale translated from the Catalan, and now coming out in English from Europa Editions.

[The Millions] Poet Cops
“The worlds of poetry and law enforcement would seem to share little. But a few poet cops hope to change that perception, one line at a time.” Related posts: Levine Named Poet Laureate Philip Levine has succeeded W. S. Merwin as America’s latest... W.S. Merwin named as 17th Poet Laureate

[The Millions] Su Hui’s Masterpiece Palindrome
Chinese poet Su Hui composed an 841-character array in the fourth century that can be read forward, backward, horizontally, diagonally, and vertically. The poem, entitled “Xuanji Tu,” can be read in 2,848 different ways as a result. Related posts: Ted Hughes’ Lost Poem “What happened

[The Millions] Recommended Reading: Qiu Miaojin
Remember when I wrote about Bonnie Huie’s translation of Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile? Well here’s some more about Huie’s work. Over at the PEN blog, you can check out the translator’s introduction to Miaojin as well as an additional excerpt from the translation-in-progress. Related

[Salon Books] Chris Ware: “Everything makes me feel alone”
There simply will not be a more beautifully packaged book this year than Chris Ware's "Building Stories," the latest from the master graphic novelist. It even surpasses the mind-blowing issue of modern cartoon art that Ware edited for McSweeney's almost a decade ago.The 14 pieces in "Building

[The Millions] Two Tickets to the Gun Show. Literally.
This Bright River author Patrick Somerville visited the Lakemoor Gun Show with our own Emily St. John Mandel, and then wrote about the experience for GQ. Related posts: “The New York Times, the paper of record, had written a fictitious character to verify a fact.” Patrick Somerville’s

[The Millions] Stuffing This Curiosity Full of Taxidermy
Anjuli Raza Kolb reviews Rachel Poliquin’s The Breathless Zoo, which “tracks the history of whole animal and animal specimen preservation, particularly taxidermy, which refers to the stretching and mounting of the skins of vertebrates, from the seventeenth-century European explorers to the

[Salon Books] Han Han: I had to break my Twitter obsession
I have been keeping a blog now for six or seven years, and even though I have been far from assiduous in updating it, I find that I’ve now written several hundred posts in all. But as time has gone on, a good half of Chinese bloggers have transferred their attention to social networking sites,

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Oct 8, 2012 @ 12:01:00 am
Take a pencil (make that two) on the airplane, Also, do back exercises: Margaret Atwood offers up ten rules for writers.

[Lit Saloon] Nobel Prize watch
       We'll find out sometime today whether or not the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced on Thursday -- the Swedish Academy will either announce that it will or, if they keep mum, that means it will likely be announced the following Thursday, the 18th.

[Lit Saloon] Ubud Festival reports
       They just held the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival in Bali, and there are a variety of reports out now: Pangeran Siahaan reports on the Best Ubud Literary Fest Moments So Far in The Jakarta Globe I Wayan Juniarta reports that Ubud festival ends with

[Lit Saloon] Chris Anyokwu Q & A
       In Vanguard McPhilips Nwachukwu has a Q & A with Chris Anyokwu -- who argues that in Nigeria Old generation writers better than the present: I must say that the past is better than the present. And that is true. When you look at the writings of Wole

[The Millions] Salman Rushdie Meets Super Mario
A religious tyrant decides that Salman Rushdie should die for writing a “blasphemous” book. For ten years he is forced to flee from one safe-house to another with no one for company but his bodyguards and an increasingly estranged wife. How does he pass the time? How about video games? In his

[Guardian Books Blog] Can you make a defining contribution to the Oxford dictionary?
The OED is inviting the public to help with its etymological research and find the earliest appearances of certain wordsIf I had world enough and time, then I think I'd be highly likely to spend my days helping the Oxford English Dictionary trace the earliest verifiable usage of various phrases. Its

[NYT] And Now For Something Completely Literate: A Memoir from John Cleese
The Monty Python co-founder and star of "Fawlty Towers" and "A Fish Called Wanda" will write "the inside story of how a shy child from Weston-super-Mare, who dabbled briefly with teaching and law, went on to become one of the most feted writers and performers of the past fifty years."

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The rise of drones
How should our defense strategy evolve in a world of easily accessible mini-drones, lethal nanobots, and DIY warfare?

[The Millions] “The pull of the East, of Islam”
“Part of the allure of Bosnia for westerners, I think, has been the surprising nearness of the East. To put it more bluntly, and problematically: in Bosnia the East is tamed, less scarily dogmatic.” Elvis Bego draws a parallel with Madame Bovary at Bookslut. Related posts: Why A New Madame

[Salon Books] “Killing Kennedy”: Bill O’Reilly wimps out
Once upon a time, Bill O’Reilly had balls when it came to investigating the Kennedy assassination. Back in 1991 -- as a reporter for the tabloid TV news show, “Inside Edition” – O’Reilly had the guts to track the epic crime all the way into the dark labyrinth of the CIA. Following up on

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Saying it right
Worth pondering their significance

[The Millions] On Writing and “Built-in” Editing
Sergio De La Pava, the once and future king of our list of top ten books, gets the interview treatment at The Believer’s Logger page. Now might be a good time to scroll back to our profile of the author, whose first book, A Naked Singularity, came out in bookstores in June. Related posts:

[Guardian Books Blog] Fiction in a flash
From micro-fiction to book titles, the exercise of extreme verbal concentration is perfectly suited to the age of TwitterThis column has always celebrated brevity and her near relation, clarity.One of the joys of English is that, while its huge vocabulary can be deployed in mesmerising Joycean

[Guardian Books Blog] Beatles' Hey Jude is literature's No1 music reference
As well as being one of the most frequently heard songs, the Lennon-McCartney classic has also found its way into a lot of booksWhat's literature's most frequently mentioned song? Hey Jude, apparently – you can find it in 55 books, from Stephen King's Wolves of the Calla ("The people are real. You

[The Millions] To the Literary Racetracks!
It’s that time of year again, readers. It’s time to stock up on gossip, skim through pieces on your favorite writers and populate your bookmarks with pages from Ladbrokes and Intrade. It’s time, in other words, to prognosticate the Nobel Prize winner, which Ladbrokes predicts will be

[Lit Saloon] Nobel Prize to be announced Thursday, 11 October
       So the Swedish Academy has now decided on a winner, as they've announced that the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced at Thursday, 11 October, at 13:00 (Stockholm time).        Now the speculating gets fun -- more

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Critical theory and the new
The shadow of dialectical materialism

[The Millions] Breaking the English Ceiling
This year’s Forward Prize went to the poet Jorie Graham, whose collection The Dream of the Unified Field won the Pulitzer in ’94. Graham is the first American woman to win the prize. Related posts: More dispatches from what will undoubtedly go down in history as the Great Pulitizer Prize

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The jargon and minutiae
The failure of thought leadership

[The Millions] Make-Outs Not Guaranteed
Live in San Francisco? Want to spend an evening with the fun-loving gang at The Rumpus? Well then, clear out your Saturday — they’re holding a  Literary Pub Crawl. Related posts: New York City Pub Crawl — This Thursday! For those in New York City this week, Goodreads is...

[NYT] Screenwriter Found for 'Fifty Shades' Film Adaptation
Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay for "Fifty Shades of Grey," which begins the fetishistic adventures of the wealthy businessman Christian Grey and his inexperienced apprentice, Anastasia Steele.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Oct 8, 2012 @ 4:32:00 pm
After much speculation over which potential publishing house suitor would win out, Lena Dunham’s forthcoming advice book, Not That Kind of Girl, sold for $3,7 million at auction last week to Random House, In addition to chapters on love, friendship and work, the book will also include “an

[NYT] Friends Remember David Foster Wallace at New Yorker Festival
Mary Karr, Mark Costello and others shared their thoughts about Wallace and his work on Saturday afternoon.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Economic lessons from American history
The growing gap between rich and poor harms the U.S. economy

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Han Han: 'Why Aren't You Grateful?'
When looking for Chinese reactions to the anti-Japanese riots that took place in late September, it was probably not much of a surprise that the Western press turned to Han Han, the widely read Shanghai-based blogger. In characteristic form, Han gave a riff on the protests that obliquely criticized

[Lit Saloon] Nobel Prize countdown: two days and counting
       - We know the Swedish Academy has settled on who to award the Nobel Prize in Literature to, and that the winner's name will be announced on Thursday, 11 October, at 13:00. (I'd suggest that the (relatively) early date indicates a not particularly

[Lit Saloon] Prize: German Book Prize
       They've announced that Landgericht, by Ursula Krechel, has won this year's German imitation-Man Booker Prize, the German Book Prize, from among 162 entries. Though it's only been around for a few years, it has established itself as the premier

[Lit Saloon] Prize: Nike Nagroda Literacka
       They've announced that Książka twarzy by Marek Bieńczyk has been awarded the Nike Nagroda Literacka -- the leading Polish literary prize [via].        See also the PAP report, Poland's top literary award goes

[Lit Saloon] Prize: Athens Prize for Literature
       They recently held the Athens Prize for Literature at the Greek National Library, awarded for a best Greek novel and a best novel in translation; that page has all the finalists -- which, in the foreign category, included: The Map and the Territory by Michel

[Lit Saloon] Prize: Newman Prize for Chinese Literature
       They've announced that Taiwanese poet Yang Mu (楊牧) has been awarded the 2013 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature.        It's a biennial prize with a good track record so far -- Mo Yan and Han Shaogong were

[Lit Saloon] The Shadow of Memory review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Bernard Comment's -- director of the excellent French imprint, Fiction & Cie -- 1990 novel, The Shadow of Memory, now out from Dalkey Archive Press.

[Guardian Books Blog] Michael Crowley; writer and youth justice worker
Work with young prisoners lies at the heart of plays which are winning a following in Manchester, Bolton and Burnley. Bernadette Hyland reportsMichael Crowley has spent most of his career working with young people: teenagers in a variety of settings in the education service, the criminal justice

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Pamuk, Zambreno, Wickersham, Vonnegut, Achebe, Egan
New this week is Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s Silent House. Also hitting bookshelves are Heroines by Kate Zambreno, The News from Spain by Joan Wickersham, and more posthumously published work by Kurt Vonnegut. In non-fiction, there’s There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra by

[The Millions] Love You Madly: The Dorothy Project and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Fra Keeler
Publishing for publishing’s sake was the last thing Danielle Dutton had in mind when she founded her independent press called the Dorothy Project three years ago. “Starting a press simply to add to the piles and piles of books in the world (or just in my house) wasn’t interesting to me,”

[Guardian Books Blog] La rentrée litteraire redux
The French books world's demented annual commercial knockout context shows little sign of going awayMuch ink was expended, earlier this year, on the subject of parenting in France. For better or worse — usually the former — it was deemed far less "child-centric" than across the Channel. There

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The schizophrenia of US foreign policy
The allegorization of imperialism or "why they hate us"

[The Millions] Smells Like Lit Spirit
When you’ve exhausted the marriage playlist, try listening to the top ten most mentioned songs in books, via Publisher’s Weekly. Related posts: The Marriage Playlist What do Talking Heads, The Smiths, Judas Priest, and Blondie... song/book Bookriot‘s tracklist of songs with ties or

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The best in some people
The pursuit of the truth

[The Millions] The Ministry of Fear
“Nowadays, we tend to place spies into a cold war narrative: East vs. West, intrigue around the Berlin Wall, Graham Greene’s Vienna, and George Smiley’s London. But the first and most successful Soviet spies emerged much earlier.” Related posts: Greene Family Biography Jeremy Lewis

[NYT] After Losing Its Sponsor, Literary Prize for Women Will Live On
The award, known originally as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has been saved by a consortium of private donors including Cherie Blair and the novelist Joanna Trollope.

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