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Top Book Blogs 11/2012

[The Millions] Bridge Across the Country: On the Literature of the Midwest
Driving to Des Moines, Iowa, I picked up a hitchhiker, a young man from San Diego who’d spent the past few months in the Midwest and was traveling to Chicago. On the way to the city, we talked about various things: our points of origin; politics after passing a field plowed into the shape of Mitt

[Lit Saloon] literature live !
       Tata literature live ! - The Mumbai LitFest runs through 4 November, with a pretty solid list of authors in attendance.        In The Indian Express Vidya Prabhu previews the event, in Meet the Wordsmiths -- and they also

[Lit Saloon] Measuring the World movie
       So they've made a movie out of the mega-bestselling German novel, Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann, which came out in Germany last week.        It's in 3D, for some reason, and looks ... lush (see the official

[Lit Saloon] The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jonas Jonasson's The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared.        I usually find fiction that uses real people and historical events

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What is mathematical thinking?
No matter how high your mathematical knowledge reaches

[The Millions] “Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy, I’ve come home”
“Then, about an hour into the newest version, it struck me: it’s Twilight!…That’s how I would have pitched the film, and the fact that I was thinking of it while watching Heathcliff and Catherine break each other’s hearts was an indication of Arnold’s failure to capture a

[Guardian Books Blog] Penguin merger minuses could be pluses for indies
The book trade's response to the creation of Penguin Random House has been largely despairing – but there is new hope for independentsThe reactions to news that Bertelsmann is to merge with Pearson, creating the biggest publisher in the world in Penguin Random House, can be summed up in one word:

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Vastly different touchstones
Some people fail to give a lot of weight to their own futures

[The Millions] The Care and Keeping of Old Books
How to protect your valuable books. Related posts: “Living, chattering evidence that people still care deeply about books” How Electric Lit’s Kristopher Jansma learned to stop eworrying about... The German Solution: Saving Books by Keeping Them Expensive There seemed to be no end

[The Millions] Dead Poets Society
A look at famous authors’ gravestones. Related posts: Poets by Post The United States Post Office is going to debut ten... The Shakespeare Oxford Society Unsurprisingly, the Oxfordian theory-inspired blockbuster Anonymous is ruffling some feathers... Chilling out is good for society. Over in

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A good reason to worry about climate change
50 months to avoid climate disaster

[Guardian Books Blog] Open thread: recommend your favourite cold-weather classics
Let us know which books you'd choose to see you through those long winter eveningsWinter is well and truly upon us, but the cold, dark days have their consolations. The return to Greenwich Mean Time is a homecoming of sorts because an hour less daylight in the evening means an hour more reading

[The Millions] In Short
Ian McEwan defends the novella. Related posts: Short Story Week: Some Recommended Short Fiction “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane (from Open Boat and... McEwan’s Long Lost Brother It’s the stuff of fiction. Ian McEwan’s mother had an... From the Newsstand: Ian McEwan

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: One word is notably absent
Cannot be altered by recalibration

[The Millions] The Factchecker
A closer look at the unraveling of Jonah Lehrer. Related posts: Too Much Imagining Jonah Lehrer has resigned from his staff position at the... A Critical Take on Jonah Lehrer Jonah Lehrer may not have exactly “self-plagiarized” his own work,... The Circle of Life Matthew Shaer takes a gander at

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Fixes for American democracy
If you don't vote, you're a loser

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Future of Books and Copyright
This past weekend, just before the hurricane, I attended In Re Books, a conference about law and the future of the book convened by James Grimmelmann at the New York Law School. Playing the role of Luddite intruder among the futurologists, I gave a talk about the hazard that digitization may pose to

[Lit Saloon] 2012 Translation Database
       For all the year-end 'best of the year' and year-beginning 'books to look forward to' lists the one I find by far the most useful is the Translation Database at Three Percent, listing (pretty much) all the works of fiction translated into English (for the

[Lit Saloon] Nigeria Prize for Literature
       As, for example, Nehru Odeh reports in PM News, the Nigeria Prize for Literature has gone to Chika Unigwe's novel -- published in the UK as On Black Sisters' Street and in the US apostrophe-less as On Black Sisters Street. (Seriously, publishers ?)

[Lit Saloon] November issues
       Among November issues of online-periodicals now available are:         - The November issue of Words without Borders, Banned Chinese Writers -- which includes Liao Yiwu's Peace Prize of the German Book Trade speech (which

[Lit Saloon] Writing in ... Singapore
       The Singapore Writers Festival runs through 11 November, and in Singapore slang in The Age Susan Wyndham wonders: How does a population of less than 6 million with four languages -- English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil -- build a literary culture ? And how can

[Lit Saloon] The High Life review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jean-Pierre Martinet's The High Life -- a nice little pocket-sized booklet with which Wakefield Press introduces the author to the English-speaking world.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Nov 2, 2012 @ 12:33:00 am
Unpublished Truman Capote work found; "You have to be a terrible monster to write," Colm Toibin tells students; the first meeting of the DFW appreciation society

[Guardian Books Blog] Canada and Australia launch women's literary prizes
As the search continues for a Women's fiction prize sponsor, two Commonwealth nations have gone ahead and started their ownAs the prize formerly known as the Orange continues its hunt for a headline sponsor, it's interesting to see that Canada and Australia have both just launched women-only

[The Millions] A Champion of Literary Translation: On the Loss of Michael Henry Heim
A recent 51-minute-long segment on The Diane Rehm Show about Orhan Pamuk’s new novel never once mentioned the name of the translator, Robert Finn. Rehm repeated several times that the book had just been translated into English, but she never said by whom. The Los Angeles Times referred to the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Look at the technology
Could someone really destroy the whole Internet?

[The Millions] All Apostrophes
Are you the kind of person who’d pay good money to hear a cover of Nirvana in a Chekhov play? If so, the Young Vic has your number. Related posts: Jason Lazarus’ Nirvana: Honor in Confusion Noah’s post reminded me that I’ve been meaning to direct... Ben Kunkel’s Nirvana It

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: As an example
How a harmless juvenile pastime turned into a lifelong personality disorder

[The Millions] People of the Opposite Sex, Am I Right?
The Atlantic has launched a new section — The Sexes – to focus on issues of gender. Related posts: A Symmetrical but Opposite Study of Darkness and Light “I was also deeply protective of my father, who at... It’s the opposite of a happy ending fairy tale. It’s just hell. Lauren

[Guardian Books Blog] The meaning of Random Penguin
Why is everyone so hot under the collar about 'Random Penguin'?Publishers swallowing other publishers is nothing new. In the 1980s, you couldn't move for acquisitions – Penguin bought Michael Joseph and Hamish Hamilton; in the 90s, Random House consumed a raft of august lists – Secker & Warburg,

[The Millions] Mutual Self-Interest in Bad Decline
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, America needs George Saunders. Fortunately, the editors at The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs blog appear to understand this. Related posts: “The decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes” In 1946, George Orwell wrote that

[Baby Got Books] Friday Links
Better late…?:  In addition to our recently lamented time crunch issues, BGB management has also been wrestling with prolonged and on-going hacker attacks.  These attacks have made the site inaccessible at times, and we have a lovely Viagra ad that shows up if you post a link to one of our

[NYT] Book Review Podcast: Nate Silver on the Art of Predictions
Mr. Silver discusses his new book, "The Signal and the Noise."

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Theory and policy in international relations
Conversations in and on IR

[Guardian Books Blog] Dress like a fictional hero? I can't find my place
Banana Republic has launched an Anna Karenina collection for the autumn season. Is it time to throw out last year's Miss Marple tweeds?Love Tolstoy? Enamoured, like Vronsky, with Anna Karenina? Then you will be relieved to know that Banana Republic's Anna Karenina collection, based on the film

[The Millions] On the Truth of the Golden Plates
For centuries, inquiring theologians have wondered about the authorship of The Bible. Now a writer at the LARB, William L. Davis, raises a related question: who really wrote The Book of Mormon? Related posts: “The truth of poetry is not the truth of history” Philip Levine is the current

[Guardian Books Blog] Reader reviews roundup
Praise for Jonas Jonasson's tall tale and a 'masterful' novel from Deborah Levy"I am not a laugh-out-loud reader of funny books," announces AnnSkea, adding that "this book is not my usual sort of reading", but she's clearly delighted with Jonas Jonasson's The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Solitude is enlightening
The enigmatic but unique nature

[Salon Books] Elie Wiesel to write book with Barack Obama
In an interview published today with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who just turned 84, reveals that “[President Barack] Obama and I decided to write a book together, a book of two friends." Haaretz describes their friendship:Wiesel became friends with Obama in 2009, a

[The Millions] Alexei and Vronsky Are Dead
November 16th marks the release of the new film version of Anna Karenina (written by Tom Stoppard), which you can watch the trailer for here. It might also be a good time to brush up on the novel itself. Related posts: Tom Stoppard on life, work, and fly-fishing Tom Stoppard, recently tasked with

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What college bubble?
For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy

[Salon Books] Authors cannot review authors on Amazon
According to emails that author Steve Weddle has received from Amazon, authors cannot leave reviews for other authors because they are deemed to be in direct competition with each other.But leaving nice reviews for a friend, as Weddle did, hardly seems like something a rival would do. The LA Times

[Bookslut] Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi, translated by Adriana Hunter
olmi, veronique beside the sea

[Bookslut] Silent House by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Robert Finn
pamuk orhan silent house

[Bookslut] All Hail Salman Rushdie. All Hail Joseph Anton.
At times, when she was reading the memoir, she was reminded of that cherished moment in her youth, when she had first read prose in Latin class. That too was a memoir, as it happens, and one also written in...

[Bookslut] Dickens and the Artists
Somehow, I made it through college without ever reading Charles Dickens for a course. Surprising, I know, but the omission has served me well -- a Dickens novel, to me, was never a foreboding inclusion on a hefty syllabus,...

[Bookslut] The Heroine Desires
In the vintage shop today, a hat catches my eye -- a crushed turban in brown felt, with an aquamarine brooch on the front. If I put it on just so, I look like a Russian princess. That is,...

[Lit Saloon] Women writers in ... Russia
       In Russia Beyond the Headlines Phoebe Taplin reports that: 'Female authors regularly outsell their male colleagues, and are gaining increasing international recognition', in Women conquer Russia's literary Olympus.

[Lit Saloon] Irrawaddy Literary Festival
       Even Bhutan has already held a literary festival, and now, in another sign of Burma opening up, they've announced: "the first ever English language literary festival in Burma / Myanmar", the Irrawaddy Literary Festival, to be held 1 to 3 February

[Lit Saloon] Jeanette Winterson and A.M.Homes in conversation
       The Guardian has Jeanette Winterson in conversation with A.M.Homes.        "We judge the content of what men and women write very differently" maintains Homes; who is this we wonder I ......

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