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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The heart of war
Is jus in bello in crisis?

[The Millions] Brave New Serial
Margaret Atwood’s got a new book called Positron out, and she’s going digital: the novel is being published serially via Byliner. Related posts: Single-Serving Atwood Ebook purveyor Byliner continues its foray into fiction with a... Serial Vonnegut Amazon is putting out seven never

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The shell of the old
Triumph of the nerds

[The Millions] Shelf Life
“‘You can tell how serious people are by looking at their books,’ Susan Sontag told Sigrid Nunez.” The meaning of book shelves. Related posts: “manuals for a thinking person” Jed Perl on Susan Sontag’s journals: “The fascination of Sontag’s... Old

[The Millions] Will the Real Philip Roth Please Stand Up?
Breaking news: turns out Philip Roth doesn’t actually have a Twitter account. Related posts: J.M. Coetzee on Philip Roth “If the intensity of the Roth of old, the ‘major’... Philip Roth v. Wikipedia Philip Roth, who just authorized Blake Bailey to be his... Philip Roth Disses

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Where morality comes from
Is it morally acceptable to kill zombies?

[The Millions] “Hypothetical representation of a language”
When your invented language gets out of hand: the story of Ithkuil. Related posts: From word nerd to language animal David Mitchell, when questioned about his language and genre experiments,... Slate’s New Language Podcast Word nerds will likely dig Slate’s new language-focused podcast,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: There is a longer list
It seems pretty safe

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: December 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

[The Millions] Statistics Show
How America reads. Related posts: Statistics and Commissions There’s an article in the New York Times today about... Sarah Vowell’s Arcane Americana Road-Show When Sarah Vowell comes to town, she brings with her... Marilynne Robinson on The Daily Show Author Marilynne Robinson appeared

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Can technology make you happy?
The exact date when our computer world ends

[Lit Saloon] Rejtő Jenő profile
       At hlo yesterday they had brief profile of the author they say was: 'the only Hungarian pulp fiction writer appreciated by literary historians', Pen name: P. Howard. Jenő Rejtő died 70 years ago.        See also

[Lit Saloon] Literary magazine subsidies in Australia
       In Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle vents -- and not for the first time -- about the Australia Council's Literature Board's 'slashing' of the annual grant the magazine receives, in The Literature Board's New Low -- noting that: Throughout the eleven years

[Lit Saloon] January issues of online periodicals
       Among the January issues of online periodicals now available are:         - Words without Borders' January issue, themed: Writing from Haiti -- with some new Bangla Literature for good measure.

[Lit Saloon] No Sale review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Patrick Conrad's cinematic (or cinemanic) thriller, No Sale.

[Lit Saloon] The complete review in 2012
       Yesterday I gave an overview of the year in reviews at the complete review -- a breakdown of how much and what was reviewed.        Now as far as what got read at the site .....        I'm

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jan 2, 2013 @ 12:42:00 am
Best poetry books of 2012; Sam Anderson's marginalia...

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies by Christopher M Davidson
It is almost 40 years since the publication of Fred Halliday's landmark book Arabia without Sultans. Now, in the wake of the Arab spring, another young British academic has written an important account of prospects for the Gulf region, calling his study After the Sheikhs. Both titles contain a

[The Millions] The Obscure Early Lives of the Artists
Every life viewed from the inside would be a series of defeats… – George Orwell 1. The only person I know who didn’t like To Kill a Mockingbird is a British kid I used to tutor, Alexander Brown. He spent the first 150 pages thinking Scout was a gay boy. When we got to the end, he said,

[Guardian Books Blog] Writers dump Lake District's bunnies and daffodils for monsters in the mist
The fells are famous for idyllic views, soaring crags and Herdwick sheep. But Alan Cleaver reports on a group of writers unleashing demons and monsters on this peaceful landscape - with the help of the Civil ServiceWhat sort of twisted person would take the beautiful landscape of the Lake District

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The marriage business
Pointed propositions about sex, gender, and marriage

[The Millions] New Year, New Interviews
For their first interview of 2013, The Rumpus talks to Zadie Smith, who also, if you’ll recall, told us about her Year in Reading last month. Related posts: Author interviews Three terrific author interviews for your reading (or listening pleasure):... A Quintet of Interviews for Your

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The relative merits
Harsh truths that will make you a better person

[The Millions] The Grand Neglect
The story behind Le Grand Meaulnes, the neglected French classic that was beloved by Henry Miller, name-dropped by Jack Kerouac, and a potential inspiration for the title of The Great Gatsby. Related posts: Grand Officier Yaşar Bey On December 17, Turkish author Yaşar Kemal will be decorated...

[Guardian Books Blog] Which books will win the 2012 Costa prizes?
It's the Costa category prizes tonight. Will a comic beat Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies as novel of the year? And who should win the biography and poetry awards?Scarcely have the first-footers been shooed out of the back door than the first awards of the new book year stomp in through the

[The Millions] Millions Meta-Data 2012
Before we get too far into 2013, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2012. To start, we’ll divide the most popular posts on The Millions into two categories, beginning with the 20 most popular pieces published on the site in 2012: 1. Our pair of Most

[The Millions] In This Corner
The literary feuds of 2012. Related posts: Is a Harper’s Café Around the Corner? The Oxford American will soon run its own restaurant out... And in This Corner, Weighing in at 900 Pages… The eagle-eyed Scott Esposito alerts us to a forthcoming 900-page... The Millions Poetry Corner Over

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of conservative opinion
Extremism in defense of liberty

[The Millions] Copy Craze
“You’re following some cute glyph about smoking, then one about stationary, then dirty dishes and some mischievous cat—then it’s suddenly ‘Not your father’s safari jacket’ followed by pearl puddles, LIBERATOR dildos, Quaker teens, rehab, troubled teens, and more jackets.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The overlappings of life
Among the more irritating manifestations

[The Millions] Book Boredom
Laura Miller discusses what she didn’t read this year. Related posts: Book ownership and education In Salon, Laura Miller discusses two new studies showing a... Laura Miller on Self-Publishing In Salon, Laura Miller discusses the brave new world of... Contemporary Fiction and the Internet

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Signs of a warming world
Thinking about climate change makes people feel helpless and anxious

[Baby Got Books] My Favorite Reads of 2012
Yikes! 2012 is over and 2013 is rapidly progressing. I guess it’s time to get my year-end (2012) favorites posted.  It was tricky coming up with this list, because 2012 saw new works by three of my favorite authors: Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon, and Junot Diaz.  Having a third of my favorites

[NYT] Stay Tuned: A Self-Published Book About TV Gets a Major Publishing Pick-Up
"The Revolution Was Televised," Alan Sepinwall's self-published account of the history behind modern-day hits like "The Sopranos" and "Mad Men," has been acquired by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster.

[Lit Saloon] 1962 Nobel Prize: Steinbeck beat out ...
       One of the fun things at the start of every year is that the Swedish Academy opens up the archives to the Nobel Prize in Literature deliberations from fifty years ago. This year the documents relating to the 1962 prize -- which went to John Steinbeck -- were

[Lit Saloon] Whitbread Costa category winners
       They've announced the winners of the Whitbread Costa Book Awards -- though not yet at the official site, last I checked (sigh ...); see, for example, Costa awards 2012: graphic biography wins category prize by Mark Brown in The Guardian.

[Lit Saloon] Harold Bloom profile
       At Tablet David Mikics has a profile, Harold Bloom is God.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: On Rilke's Letters to A Young Poet
For Rainer Maria Rilke the year 1903 did not begin auspiciously. He and his wife, the sculptor Clara Westhoff, were living in Paris, where the poet had come in order to write a monograph on Auguste Rodin. The Rilkes were not exactly dazzled by the City of Light. In a letter to his friend the artist

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:01:00 am
Britain gets its first centre for book arts; Christian Wiman to leave Poetry magazine; Mountain Goat for Poet Laureate?

[Bookslut] Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
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[Bookslut] The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
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[Bookslut] An Interview with Ellen Oh
As the mother of three young girls, Ellen Oh is constantly on the lookout for good books that showcase female empowerment. She's found a few here and there -- say, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Girl of...

[Bookslut] An Interview with Lia Purpura
Lia Purpura is a successful writer in two genres that are difficult to pull off, and still more difficult means to make a living. She is a poet and essayist in an era in which both writing styles have,...

[The Millions] My New Year’s Resolution: Read Fewer Books
This past year I read 56 books. That’s slightly off the pace of 60 books a year that I’ve set over the previous 12 years, but then I did read a lot of very long history books this year — yes, I’m looking at you, Robert Caro – and my wife and I did make a very time-consuming move to

[Bookslut] Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips
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[Bookslut] Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin
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[Bookslut] Spectacle by Susan Steinberg
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[Guardian Books Blog] A brave new world: science fiction predictions for 2013
Mainstream recognition, acknowledgement of the genius of M John Harrison and a rekindled fascination with the final frontier - here are my predictions for science fiction this year2012 has been a year of transition for science fiction and fantasy literature. SF's reputation as home of the Bearded

[Bookslut] An Interview with Jeanne Thornton
Jeanne Thornton is the kind of artistic superwoman who not only writes a critically praised novel, she also does all of the book's illustrations. A former editor at Seven Stories Press, Jeanne currently lives in Austin where she is the...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: America's exceptional gun culture
What can philosophy of technology tell us about the gun debate?


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