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[The Millions] “To me, Godspeed is more than just a band, it’s an idea.”
Canadian post-rock outfit Godspeed You! Black Emperor will soon release their fourth studio album, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, and it’s definitely worth checking out. You can stream the record over here. The band was also recently interviewed for The Guardian, too, and this entire

[The Millions] You Call Those Facts? These Are Facts.
“Since scientific knowledge is still growing by a factor of ten every 50 years, it should not be surprising that lots of facts people learned in school and universities have been overturned and are now out of date,” writes Ronald Bailey in his review of Samuel Arbesman’s The Half-life of

[The Millions] The Silent History
The Silent History is being billed as a “new kind of novel.” Readers download a free app for their iOS devices and, over a period of six months, the app will deliver brief, serialized installments of an “exploratory novel.” Certain features of the story depend on your geographic location,

[Salon Books] “Master of the Mountain”: The real truth about Thomas Jefferson
No founding father wrote more eloquently on behalf of liberty and human rights than Thomas Jefferson, and none has a more troubling record when it comes to the "peculiar institution" of slavery. At present, the popular understanding of Jefferson's shilly-shallying on this issue doesn't extend much

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Dead Are Real: Hilary Mantel's Imagination
The first novel that Hilary Mantel wrote was about the French Revolution. It did not start out as a novel, exactly, nor did she start out as a novelist. It was 1975, and she was twenty-three, living in Manchester and selling dresses in a department store. She had realized that she didn't have the

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Oct 15, 2012 @ 12:01:00 am
New Yorkers: What are you doing tonight, It can't be better than coming to the event we're co-hosting, "The Naked Truth," a panel female sexuality in fiction, will feature Lynne Tillman, Chris Kraus, Emilie Noteris and Wendy Delorme, and be moderated by How Should a Person Be.

[Lit Saloon] Kafka manuscripts (probably) to National Library of Israel
       Almost half a century after Max Brod died and, in one last (of many ...) terrible missteps in his role as Kafka's literary executor, Brod's Franz Kafka manuscripts wound up in secretive, private hands, the legal case surrounding them has reached ... well,

[Lit Saloon] Liao Yiwu picks up Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
       Liao Yiwu picked up the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade yesterday; I can't find the full speech (delivered in Chinese) online yet, but Focus does have (juicy) excerpts (in German).        You can see why

[Lit Saloon] Joseph Anton covers
       I'm fascinated by how the US, French, and German covers of Salman Rushdie's new memoir, Joseph Anton, all use the same basic design -- but differ in the relative type-size and prominence of author-name and title:      

[Lit Saloon] ALTA translation panel report
       At her Translationista weblog Susan Bernofsky has an interesting report on the PEN Translation Committee-sponsored panel at this year's ALTA conference, Recruiting for the Reviewer Hall of Fame, with some interesting discussion of how translators can market

[Lit Saloon] The Finno-Ugrian Vampire review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Szécsi Noémi's The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, just out from new publisher Stork Press in the UK, and forthcoming from Marion Boyars in the US next spring.

[The Millions] Strange Long Dream: Justin Cronin’s The Twelve
1. In The Passage, Justin Cronin introduced us to a nightmarish dystopia. The Twelve is the second installment of a planned trilogy, so if you haven’t read The Passage then you probably don’t want to read this review, but here’s a quick recap just in case: in the world of The Passage, a virus

[Guardian Books Blog] Can journalists write novels?
Some people assume that Will Self's prodigious output as a journalist means his novels can't be any good. But that's faulty readingThis the time of the year when that peculiar character once known as "the common reader" has plenty of fiction to talk about. As well as the Booker shortlist, there's

[Baby Got Books] Book Time with Meg: 23
Book Time with Meg is an ongoing series of podcasts in which I talk books with my eight year old daughter.  This week, Meg and I talk about The Son of Neptune by perennial favorite Rick Riordan. Book Time with Meg Episode 23 The Son of Neptune [See post to listen to audio]

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Talk about space
What the fuck has NASA done to make your life awesome?

[NYT] E-Book Releases Coming for 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Novels
The first six volumes of Jeff Kinney's illustrated "Wimpy Kid" novels will be released novels in e-book format on Oct. 30, leading up to the simultaneous hardcover and electronic publication of a new seventh book on Nov. 13.

[NYT] E-Book Releases Are Coming for 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Novels
The first six volumes of Jeff Kinney's illustrated "Wimpy Kid" novels will be released novels in e-book format on Oct. 30, leading to the simultaneous hardcover and electronic publication of a new seventh book on Nov. 13.

[The Millions] “I have no taste for self-revelation”
In 1970, a journalist named Joseph Epstein wrote an essay for Harper’s that came to a frightening conclusion: that Epstein would, if possible, “wish homosexuality off the face of the Earth.” The incendiary language inspired Merle Miller, a former editor at the magazine, to publish a

[Guardian Books Blog] Twitter fiction: your 140 character stories
Ian Rankin and Helen Fielding got your vote in our Twitter fiction special. Then it was your turn to tweet. Here's a wee anthology of your small storiesLast Saturday, Weekend magazine invited 21 authors to try their hand at writing Twitter fiction. As many of our book site regulars will remember,

[The Millions] #LitBeat hits LitQuake for a LitQuiz
Our own Lydia Kiesling hit up our own Patrick Brown’s Goodreads LitQuiz to battle for first place in the competitive world of San Franciscan Literary Trivia, and wrote up her trivial trials and tribulations for #LitBeat. Related posts: Another #LitBeat: BEA In the latest installment of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: With like minds
More than you probably wanted to know

[The Millions] An Engine, An Engine
“It is a superstitious business—childish, really—the marking, or even the noticing, of anniversaries like these. Such fastening pretends that one day can be like another, pretends that every day is not, ultimately, only its own day, the only version of itself that will ever come. But

[The Millions] Allways: An Interview with Mark Z. Danielewski
With the U.S. release of The Fifty Year Sword, Mark Z. Danielewski, the man who has (successfully) argued the validity of colored text and careful font choice in the rather static world of traditional publishing, embellishes a timeless story with every possible manner of tactile sensation. A story

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Race as a legal concept
Is the Supreme Court ready to end affirmative action?

[The Millions] The Lure of the Corona
Apparently Tom Hanks is a fan of vintage typewriters. Related posts: Calling All Foer-Besotted 10-Year-Olds Spotted on the streets of New York: a casting call... Whither the last typewriter? Historian Suzanne Fischer on nostalgic artifacts and the changing use... Simpsons Did It Nearly proven: The

[NYT] Holden Caulfield to Roam Manhattan in New Novel
Mary O'Connell's "In the Rye" was recently acquired by Amy Einhorn Books.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Defend the field
Producing a "shanked" interview

[The Millions] Borrowing Made Easy
A fledgling New York tech firm has invented a new service, Oyster, that the company claims is a lot like Spotify in its workings. Their innovation? The products they’re sharing are books. Related posts: Borrowing: It Runs in the Family Hey, old timers, quit blaming my generation for

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How much Canada does the world need?
Be it resolved that Canada is progressive

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: As He Pleased
Plumbing the mystery of the first-person Orwell

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:22:00 am
A suitcase full of tens of thousands of previously unpublished documents by Franz Kafka might | http://www,guardian,co.

[Lit Saloon] Spanish-language literary prize: Premio Planeta
       Sure, they're announcing that Man Booker Prize today -- but the big money was handed out yesterday, as they announced the winner of the Premio Planeta, the richest single-book prize going, with the winner getting €601,000.

[Lit Saloon] Spanish-language literary prize: Premio Internacional Carlos Fuentes
       They'll only hand it over at a ceremony on 11 November, but they've announced that Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the inaugural Premio Internacional Carlos Fuentes -- a US$250,000 prize for a Spanish-language author.

[Lit Saloon] New issue of Asymptote
       The October issue of Asymptote is now available online -- and it's packed with great stuff, beginning with local favorite Arnon Grunberg (e.g. Tirza !) on another local favorite, J.M.Coetzee (e.g. Elizabeth Costello !) in A Door Remains a Door. In addition,

[Lit Saloon] Writing in ... Nepal
       In Himal Weena Pun speaks to 'noted Nepali literary critic Khagendra Sangroula', in Changing literature, changing country.        Among the interesting observations Sangroula makes: things are apparently looking up, at

[Lit Saloon] 172 Hours on the Moon review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of another lunar-focused novel by Johan Harstad -- this time for a younger audience: 172 Hours on the Moon.        What really impressed me was how many reviews

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Cronin, Danielewski, Aira, Bowden
Among this week’s new books we have The Twelve by Justin Cronin (our review), The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski (our interview), and The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira (our review). In non-fiction, Mark Bowden has penned an account of the killing of bin Laden. Bonus Links:

[The Millions] A Departure from Reason: César Aira’s The Miracle Cures of Doctor Aira
César Aira’s novels are the narrative equivalent of the Exquisite Corpse, that Surrealist parlor game in which players add to drawings or stories without knowledge of previous or subsequent additions. Wildly heterogeneous elements are thrown together, and the final result never fails to surprise

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: United Swing States of America
The election through the lens of politics past and politics future

[The Millions] “Not Exactly a Hermit”
Everything we think about Henry David Thoreau is wrong. Related posts: Transcendentalist by Day; Awful Cook by Night How could anybody believe Henry David Thoreau invented raisin bread?...

[Salon Books] Johnny Depp starting book imprint
NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Depp is bringing a dash of cool to the book world.Depp will help run a publishing imprint with the same name as his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever." Already on the list of books is "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan," which aims to set the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the news for all the wrong reasons
That's all you need to know

[The Millions] Ethnoburb, For One Hundred
Prepare to lose a few hours on the glorified Wikipedia wormhole that is Daily Idioms, Annotated, then read this brief interview with the blog’s creator, material scientist Debbie Chachra. Related posts: “Let a hundred languages contend and a hundred flowers will bloom.” Kenyan

[NYT] Johnny Depp Starts New Literary Imprint at Harper
Among the books that have been acquired for Mr. Depp's new imprint, called Infinitum Nihil, are "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan," and "House of Earth," a novel by Woody Guthrie.

[The Millions] Guilty As Charged
“Why do readers, those who are bereaved and those with happy families alike, love orphans?” Related posts: Zeitoun Charged with a Murder Plot Abdulrahman Zeitoun has been charged with plotting to kill his... Phil Spector: Guilty of Creating the Greatest Christmas Album Ever Released on

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: Our review list and what you are reading
Your space to tell us what you are reading and what you'd like to see covered on the books site, plus our review listThe bright, fresh opening to this week's TLS is thanks to Justine Gordon. She posted her lovely snap to our Flickr group in answer to our persistent – and probably, by now,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The curious interaction between organized religion and big science
The inexorably growing impact of science is our most significant tool discrediting religion

[The Millions] Social Graces
Some people go by alphabet, others by subject, and still others arrange their books as they “would seat guests at a dinner party.” No related posts.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Better and brighter
A pretty unreliable measure of anything

[Salon Books] Benjamin Anastas: My novel made the world yawn
I lost my wife in a glass elevator at the Hilton in Frankfurt, Germany. Never mind that I hadn’t exchanged my wedding vows with Marina yet, or tried on the ring that she had engraved with the prophetically impersonal message YOU ARE LOVED. Never mind that Marina wasn’t in the elevator with me or


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