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[Bookslut] Reading Like a Magpie
"Come with me to the salon," Snow says. "What's the salon?" "You'll like it." She sighs out imaginary smoke. I met Snow at a New Year's party. She's a runaway, like everyone I seem to know now, but I haven't...

[Bookslut] Haunted Houses by Lynne Tillman
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[Bookslut] What I Talk About When I Talk About Japan
First, though, I'm going to talk a little bit about LA. I was visiting a friend there in October. She lives in that part of Hollywood outside of Hollywood called Franklin Village, a tiny section of the sprawling Los Angeles...

[Bookslut] P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters edited by Sophie Ratcliffe
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[Bookslut] Is This The Future?: Tom Kaczynski’s Beta Testing The Apocalypse
On the 1986 album Flaunt It, Sigue Sigue Sputnik constructed a ludicrous sci-fi narrative, costumed themselves to match, and spat lyrics like “Stereo, video, sci-fi sex / Let's go-go-go, let's go / Oh, Saturn dreams, laser beams / 21st...

[Lit Saloon] Summa Technologiae !
       No doubt, one of the highlights of the 2013 publishing year: via I see that the University of Minnesota Press is (finally) bringing out an English translation (by Joanna Zylinska) of the great Stanisław Lem's classic Summa Technologiae; see their

[Lit Saloon] Katherine Silver profile
       In the Edmonton Journal Michael Hingston profiles Katherine Silver, in Translating the 'beautiful art' of literature.        A co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, she also recently translated

[Lit Saloon] Where Tigers are at Home review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès' Where Tigers are at Home, coming to the US (from Other Press) next month.        Dedalus admirably brought this out in the UK

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Mad Girl's Love Song by Andrew Wilson
Almost all books about Sylvia Plath eddy around the years that the poet was married to Ted Hughes and her eventual suicide, to the neglect of the other two-thirds of her life. Now, in the new Plath biography Mad Girl's Love Song, Andrew Wilson has set out to change this, attempting to give us the

[Book Forum] SYLLABI: Emma Komlos-Hrobsky: The Life and Afterlife of Sylvia Plath

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Feb 4, 2013 @ 12:33:00 am
American Sniper author has been shot in Texas; Jared Diamond taken to task; Lynda Barry on doodling and neuroscience...

[Bookslut] Sharing a World of Ideas
It was at a Munich New Year's Eve party, ringing in 1911, that Russian-born painter Vasily Kandinsky met the German Expressionist Franz Marc, fourteen years his junior. The two struck an instant friendship, and by June 1911, they organized a...

[Bookslut] Tending the House Gods...
This month, solace dropped in at just the right moment, and it came from a cookbook. My nearly-102-year-old grandmother died in mid-December, which was a blessing for her, but has left the rest of us feeling deeply, existentially, unmoored....

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Love-Letter-Burning by Daniel Hall
A meticulously crafted poem, balancing informality with a tight formal structure, folds a Zen legend into a reflection on the end of an affairThis week's poem, "Love-Letter-Burning", is by the award-winning American poet, Daniel Hall, currently the writer-in-residence at Amherst College. It's from

[The Millions] The Millions Conversation: Mark O’Connell on Viral Celebrity, Internet Weirdness, and the Phenomenon of the Epic Fail
Last month, The Millions entered the e-book publishing business with Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever. Staff writer Mark O’Connell has hitherto produced delightful work on, among other things, an obscure video game enthusiast named Martin Amis and

[Bookslut] Hidden Costs: The Narrative of Class and Race in Chris Kraus's Summer of Hate
Paul has just gotten out of jail (not for the first time) for having illegally charged $937 to an old company card. He's on parole, for which he pays $25 a week, on top of the $120 per month to...

[Guardian Books Blog] English literature's 50 key moments from Marlowe to JK Rowling
What have been the hinge points in the evolution of Anglo-American literature? Here's a provisional, partisan listBBC Radio Three is currently broadcasting a fascinating series on the "50 key works" of classical music. This is a spin-off from Howard Goodall's BBC2 television series and its tie-in

[Salon Books] 5 great books on world travel
I read To a Mountain in Tibet, your new book, last night. It’s a different sort of travel book for you – a journey to Mt Kailash in western Tibet that was inspired by deaths in your family. What did you want to achieve with this book?That journey, in part, was a kind of secular pilgrimage after

[Baby Got Books] Book Time with Meg: Episode 26
Can we get enough Rick Riordan in our house?  Apparently not.  In this episode we discuss The Mark of Athena, the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series.  Hold on to your hats! Book Time with Meg Episode 26 The Mark of Athena [See post to listen to audio]

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Arguments about guns
The changing interpretation of the Second Amendment over time

[Salon Books] Final Sendak book a tribute to his brother
NEW YORK (AP) -- The last completed book we are likely to get from Maurice Sendak remembers a man he often insisted was the real genius of the family, his brother Jack.Sendak died last May at age 83 after years of health problems, but had managed to finish "My Brother's Book," published this week.

[Guardian Books Blog] Amid depression, bleak stories can be as consoling as self-help
Rather than exhorting the depressed to help themselves, fiction can provide a welcome realisation that we are not alone in despairThe plan to refer people with mild depression and anxiety to books has provoked some fascinating discussions, not least the discussion here of how fiction can be more

[The Millions] Homing In
“The main problem with Homeland is not even the writers taking Adderall or whatever they did in the second season that eliminated suspense and brought instead an unhinged intensity of movement that barely allowed space and time enough for the cast members to occupy their roles. The main

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A golden age
We all know the negatives

[The Millions] “Everyone is simply wonderful”
You’ve heard about grade inflation, but universities are now dealing with academic job reference inflation, a slightly more adult kind of problem. Related posts: A subject “simply too controversial for the university” As noted on Arts & Letters Daily, Yale’s decision

[NYT] Kitty Kelley Writing Book on Women in the Senate
Ms. Kelley has previously written unauthorized biographies on Oprah Winfrey and Nancy Reagan.

[The Millions] His Tone is Defensive
“Legal writing, save for the prose of a precious few lawyers and judges, has rarely contributed to the literary enterprise. Yet there are times when legal proceedings have helped the public at large to reconsider the experience of reading in commercial, emotional, and intellectual

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Female empowerment is the key
Should we care if Taylor Swift and Katy Perry call themselves feminists?

[NYT] Joseph Mitchell Back in The New Yorker
"Street Life," in the new issue of the magazine, is a previously unpublished excerpt from an uncompleted memoir.

[The Millions] Writ Large
“Welcome to another night in the life of Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court justice, current queen of the best-seller list and suddenly the nation’s most high-profile Hispanic figure. She may be a relative newcomer to national life, plucked from circuit-court obscurity less than four years ago.

[Bookslut] Beyond the Alps: The Forgotten Legacy of Three Swiss Writer-Travelers 
The impulse to travel or live abroad emerges from two sides: the push and the pull. The thrill of the road, the exoticism of foreign climes, the famous back alleys of an old town, the spurring of a lover...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In a long life
Have we lost faith in the human touch?

[The Millions] Wanderlit
As part of their Five Books series, The Browser interviews Colin Thubron, a travel writer from the UK (and author of a recent book on Tibet) who shares his favorite books from the genre. Related posts: “I think the role of the critic will remain strong even if the media landscape is constantly

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Europe's first
The European macho man is going extinct

[Lit Saloon] Irrawaddy Literature Festival reports
       They held the first Irrawaddy Literature Festival in Burma from 1 to 3 February. It's gotten good coverage, and there are now several reports of the event, such as Kate Hodal's Burma literary festival flourishes under patron Aung San Suu Kyi in The Guardian.

[Lit Saloon] Tim Parks on translation
       Good to see Tim Parks continue to muse on translation at the New York Review blog -- now on Listening for the Jabberwock.        Here he suggests: Translated texts, then, and there are ever more of them in the world today,

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Braising Hell
Audacious chef Eddie Huang's memoir recounts how cooking helped him escape a stormy childhood.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Feb 5, 2013 @ 12:40:00 am
Ian Svenius channels dead rock stars; the Believer's new podcast; Michael Lewis on "Why I quit Wall Street" memoirs...

[The Millions] An Alternate Universe of Pop Culture: A Conversation with Teddy Wayne, Author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
I first came across the work of Teddy Wayne in his debut novel, Kapitoil, the story of a Qatari computer programmer living in Manhattan. Daring in subject matter yet impeccably relatable in its concerns — how does one live well? — Kapitoil marked the arrival of a new voice in fiction with

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Kincaid, Sendak, Shields, Suri, Capote, Wayne, Wodehouse, Nadler, Sloss, Bauer, Wolf, Guthrie
A very big week for new books: See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid; My Brother’s Book, the last book completed by Maurice Sendak before his death in May 2012; How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields; The City of Devi by Manil Suri; a new edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Other

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: What are you reading today?
A weekly space for us talk about what you're reading this week, and our review listThere's two week's worth of reading covered in the last TLS thread. Here are the highlights, starting with the merits of reading in stereo:Ribena:I'm reading A Heart So White by Javier Marias after hearing him on a

[Baby Got Books] Honky
Since my area of interest leans toward multi-cultural, people find all sorts of books for me.  My mom picked up Honky by Dalton Conley at a garage sale and I’m happy she did. Honky is a compilation of Mr. Conley’s early memories living in New York public housing as the only white kid. His

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: If American culture is going to endure
What's behind the American sound?

[The Millions] It’s Not You, It’s Me
What to do when you and your best friend don’t like the same books. No related posts.

[NYT] New Bridget Jones Novel Coming in November
Helen Fielding, the author of "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," said the new novel "represents a totally new phase in Bridget's life."

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Three very different
An experiment in interpreting

[The Millions] The Cat in the Hat
“Ted has another peculiar hobby — that of collecting hats of every description.” Art imitated life for Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, hat collector extraordinaire. Related posts: A Year in Reading: Three bests from Language Hat Last year I asked a bunch of people, “what was...

[Salon Books] The return of Bridget Jones
Best-selling author Helen Fielding will be bringing back her Bridget Jones character in a third book due out in November, her publisher Knopf announced. However, the "singleton" obsessed with tallying her nicotine and alcohol intake may be a thing of the past."My life has moved on, and Bridget's

[Guardian Books Blog] Home thoughts, and abroad | AL Kennedy
It's been some tiresome time since I last blogged, but a trip to Germany provided some more sombre reasons to worryForgive, once again, my lack of blog filing. I have been navigating the joys and wonders provided by English property law – losing a home, trying to buy another, firing a bad

[The Millions] Wide Sargasso Theory
This year, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle for their groundbreaking The Madwoman in the Attic. No related posts.


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