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[Lit Saloon] Becker Prize
       The Association for Asian Studies has a relatively new prize, the A.L.Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize, which honors: "an outstanding English translation of a work of Southeast Asian literature from any country of the region".

[Lit Saloon] Paul Muldoon profile
       In The Guardian Nicholas Wroe profiles Paul Muldoon: a life in poetry.        Meanwhile, there's also a Muldoon Q & A in the Financial Times, where he reports: We're just about to move into Manhattan and I'm really very

[Lit Saloon] Fujisan review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Taguchi Randy's collection of stories, Fujisan -- yet another AmazonCrossing title.

[Bookslut] An Interview with Jessica Soffer
It began with a story. I know, I know, that's what they all say. But Jessica Soffer's debut novel, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots, really did begin with a short story she wrote in 2009 for a graduate school assignment....

[Bookslut] Dancing for the Apocalypse
1. Tango "If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise." -- William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell It's a sunny Sunday morning. I should be doing something productive. But instead, I'm standing in the...

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: When that I was and a little tiny boy by William Shakespeare
For 1 April, a sonorous refrain from one of literature's most plaintive fools, making plain the shadows behind the japesIt's not often that April Fool's Day and "Poem of the week Monday" coincide. So it seems an auspicious time to honour one of Shakespeare's most graceful and complex fools, Feste,

[Bookslut] All Shall Be Well
Crayon angel songs are slightly out of tune. But I’m sure I’m not to blame. Nothing’s happened but I think it will soon. - Judee Sill, “Crayon Angels” When Ben died I wanted to tell everyone. I wrote a letter...

[The Millions] Amazon Announces Purchase of English™
SEATTLE – Amazon announced today that it has acquired the English language and plans to fully privatize the world’s predominant mode of written communication. As of 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time April 1, anyone writing in Amazon’s proprietary language, now known as English™, will be

[Bookslut] An Interview with Renata Adler
Renata Adler has covered so much ground as a writer that it is probably a mistake to single out just one or two "defining works." After all, she spent four decades as a prominent staff writer for The New...

[Bookslut] Reading is Conflation: "Dune" and Leonard Cohen
When I was nineteen and on a small airplane ride out of the shitty Louisiana town in which my college boyfriend lived and from whom I was departing for an unknown length of time and for whom I had...

[Guardian Books Blog] Last rites for the campus novel
Joyce Carol Oates's latest novel, The Accursed, shows why writers should stay out of academiaEven by Joyce Carol Oates's prolific standards publishing two books a month apart (Daddy Love came out in the UK in February) is remarkable. Following last year's Mudwoman, Oates, a Princeton professor for

[Baby Got Books] Book Time with Meg: Episode 32
This week Meg and I talk about The School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari.  I was convinced that Meg was pronouncing that wrong, but that just goes to show what I know.   Book Time with Meg Episode 32 The School of Fear [See post to listen to audio]

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The power and beauty of mathematics
The hardest math problem in the world

[The Millions] Den Father
By now the overlap between writers and drug addicts is pretty well-known, but it wasn’t so well-known back when Thomas De Quincey wrote Confessions of an English Opium Eater. In the essay, De Quincey admitted that not only was he addicted to opium, he suspected he’d ingested more of the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A fresh appraisal
Research suggests at least part of the answer

[The Millions] Suitor by Suitor
At Salon, Bird by Bird author Anne Lamott recounts her year in the online dating world, a year which she says was complicated by the fact that “91 percent of men snore loudly.” Related posts: Recommend Them One at a Time In The New York Times, Anne Lamott (of Bird by... Looking for Mr. Goodreads

[The Millions] There’s Treasure Everywhere
In the mind of the ethical parent, one question overshadows all others: what’s the best way to get your kid to read Calvin and Hobbes? Unfortunately, there are no simple answers, only theories. (ICYMI: here’s a tribute to Calvin’s snow sculptures.) Related posts: Calvin’s Snow

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The supply of right-wing paranoia
Disingenuous conservative pundits are doing irreparable harm to their movement — so who are they?

[Bookslut] An Interview with Rebecca Miller
An eighteenth-century Jewish peddler reincarnated as a fly in present-day Long Island serves as the narrator of Rebecca Miller's new novel, Jacob's Folly -- but once the reader is immersed, Jacob's physical manifestation is hardly the most ambitious facet...

[The Millions] Copterboy
As some of you may have heard, a handful of pioneering companies are trying to use flying robots in place of cars for deliveries. In the Bay Area, the geniuses behind Tacocopter are blazing a new path for restaurants, while in France, the postal service in Auvergne is working on a system for

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Better than everyone
That's not the point

[The Millions] “The muscle that helps you ignore people with bad advice”
“The greatest mistake the American writer ever made was asking everybody else what they thought of their writing. Look around your current writing workshop. Look right and left. Most of those people will stop writing. Because it’s too hard, they have no ideas, no one understands them,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: There's no place like India
Can India become a great power?

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: March 2013
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

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Submergence by J. M. Ledgard
Has a novel ever been more aptly titled than J. M. Ledgard's Submergence? From the opening pages, we're reminded relentlessly that "submergence," "submersion," "sinking," "diving," and "descent" are very much what this painstakingly crafted book is about. It's a thematic obsession that ties together

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Apr 1, 2013 @ 4:06:00 pm
The nominees for the National Magazine Awards have been announced; Who will decide the next National Book Awards; Margaret Atwood invites deep-pocketed fans on a seven-day cruise.

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Salter, Atkinson, Maazel, Kushner, Shearn, Perisic
New this week: All That Is by James Salter, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel, The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn, and Our Man in Iraq by Robert Perisic. Bonus Links: You can now subscribe to listings of literary new releases in

[The Millions] The Point of the Paperback
1. “Why are they still bothering with paperbacks?” This came from a coffee-shop acquaintance when he heard my book was soon to come out in paperback, nine months after its hardcover release. “Anyone who wants it half price already bought it on ebook, or Amazon.” Interestingly, his point

[Guardian Books Blog] Novels are too personal to be propaganda
As the author of a YA novel about a transgender boy I've been accused of attempting 'social engineering' but you can't campaign with fictionTwo years ago, I published a book called I Am J. It's a young adult novel about a runaway transgender boy in New York City and, a few weeks ago, the state of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Contemporary continental thought
How to be incomprehensible and relevant at the same time

[Lit Saloon] April issues
       April issues of online periodicals now available include Words without Borders' Writing from Iraq, as well as the new issue of Open Letters Monthly.

[Lit Saloon] Hi, This is Conchita review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Santiago Roncagliolo's Hi, This is Conchita And Other Stories.        This is one of the first volumes coming out from the Center for the Art of Translation's

[The Millions] “My spirit has come home, that sailed the doubtful seas.”
“If [Langston] Hughes and Cullen were competitors, of sorts, for the prize of principal African American poet of their generation, Cullen may have had an early lead, and during the later 1920s and early 1930s they were often discussed in tandem.” At The Boston Review, Major Jackson takes

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A case in point
Critics have it all wrong

[The Millions] Speeding
Have you read Renata Adler’s Speedboat yet? Quick, it’s only 192 pages. Once you’re back, you can check out The Believer’s new interview with the writer, in honor of the reissue. Related posts: Tuesday New Release Day: Adler, Nabokov, Hemon, Jansma At long last Renata

[The Millions] Staff Pick: Terese Svoboda’s Tin God
1. I went to an event in New York a while back, maybe a year ago, where various writers were giving readings on the theme of movies. The time limit was three minutes, although this was frequently ignored. Everyone told a personal story that was in some way movie-related — except one. When Terese

[The Millions] The Perils of Word Aversion
Moist-haters, unite: why do some people despise the sound of certain words? Related posts: The Appeals and Perils of the One-Word Book Title At their best, one-word titles distill content to its purest... Japanese E-Book Aversion It’s hard to believe that a country with video games...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Better versed in U.S. religion
America's Catholic moment, and its new breed of Catholic politicians

[The Millions] A Crook By Any Other Name
William Shakespeare: playwright, poet, and…potential tax evader. Turns out the Bard might not have been the nicest businessman. Related posts: Digital (and Australian?) Shakespeare Now that the Folger Shakespeare Library is working to digitize... iShakespeare Got a smartphone? Check out the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The window is closing
Still true after 40 years

[The Millions] Travel Estimate
Write what you know? Pssh, how twentieth-century. More like write what you can Google Map. Related posts: A Conservative Estimate While makers of the graph admit that it’s no substitute... A New Travel Book Strolling around the bookstore the other day, a book with... Top Travel Books Travel

[Salon Books] Sharon Tate: Unwitting victims’ rights martyr
ROSIE BLANCHARD BEGAN SENDING Mother’s Day cards to Doris Tate in the 1990s, even though the two women had never met. One day in August, Blanchard trekked to the Tate family house for the first time; P.J., Doris’s husband, answered the door. “Hi,” Blanchard said cheerfully. “I’m your

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Culture and European integration
The influx of new global elites is changing the face of Europe

[Salon Books] Amber Dermont: The Internet expands the way we read
Amber Dermont is the author of the bestselling novel "The Starboard Sea" and a new story collection, "Damage Control." Caitlin Macy, in the lead review of the New York Times Book Review's “Fresh Voices” issue, wrote that Dermont “seems able to throw down a convincing story set anywhere, spun

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: A Bolt from the Blues
Since its publication in 2008, Fiona Maazel’s first novel, Last Last Chance, has won a small and cultlike following, myself included. I love the book because it is constantly surprising—blackly funny but permeated by great sadness, like the fiction of Barry Hannah or Donald

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Apr 3, 2013 @ 08:07:00 pm
Robert Darnton profiles the intellectual underpinnings of the Digital Public Library of America; a Junot Diaz short story makes the leap into comics; what's behind word aversion?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Apr 2, 2013 @ 4:09:00 pm
The Paris Review celebrates Paula Fox; a John Barth miniseries...

[Lit Saloon] Translations in ... Lithuania
       In The Korea Herald Claire Lee reports that a Korean novel shines in Lithuania, as: Korean author Ha Il-ji's 2009 novel The Republic of Uzupis [우주피스 공화국] has been selected as one of the 12 best translated

[Lit Saloon] Short stories in ... India
       In the Times of India they report that Short stories reprise in age of Internet.        Among the observations: The master of Indian short stories, Ruskin Bond, still remains the most sought after story-teller

[Guardian Books Blog] April's Reading group: The Spire by William Golding
A lofty choice this month, said to be a little forbidding. But I don't doubt it will be a rewarding ascent, and the more satisfying if we make it togetherOnce again the hat has sided with democracy and the most frequently nominated book, William Golding's The Spire, has emerged as this month's


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