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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: To make room
Do whatever you please

[The Millions] Now on Kindle
Three days after Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the Times wrote about Katharine Weymouth taking over the Washington Post, Jeff Farhi reports that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has agreed to purchase the newspaper. Will Bezos follow up his purchase of English™ with a brand-new WaPo style guide? Related posts:

[Guardian Books Blog] Edinburgh international book festival - why does reading matter to you?
Whatever you like best about books and reading, there's no better way to celebrate than with a festival. Is there?Later this week, the books team is off to Edinburgh international book festival to bring you coverage of as many of the events, author talks and discussions we possibly can. From 10

[Guardian Books Blog] Edinburgh international book festival - why does reading matter to you?
Whatever you like best about books and reading, there's no better way to celebrate than with a festival. Is there?Later this week, the books team is off to Edinburgh international book festival to bring you coverage of as many of the events, author talks and discussions we possibly can. From 8

[The Millions] You’re Too Kind
At Flavorwire, Jason Diamond names his favorite websites for literature lovers, choosing to give the number one spot to… uh… there isn’t really a humble way to say this, so… The Millions. He gives it to The Millions. (Aw shucks.) Related posts: Flavorwire’s Top 10

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Middle Eastern politics
Influence in a turbulent region

[The Millions] Tell Us More About Yourself
A few weeks ago, I wrote about an event at which Don’t Kiss Me author Lindsay Hunter teamed up with songwriter Holly Miranda for an interesting reading-cum-concert. Now, at The Nervous Breakdown, the writer conducts an interview with none other than herself. Related posts: But Do Listen Live in

[Salon Books] Quit talking about likable characters!
When I was a senior in high school, somebody told me, with that particularly teenage yay-drama glee at stirring shit up, that Ed Sundersson (not his real name), a guy from my AP English class, didn’t like me. Not being liked was not unfamiliar: The co-captain of the girls’ volleyball team

[Salon Books] Rush: How I learned to forgive — and even like — the most hated band of all time
It was a woman who introduced me to Rush: Miss Blake, my sixth-grade music teacher at Pierce Elementary School. The seventies, obviously. A typical 1978 suburban public school scenario—we studied "2112" in music class, while in English, we spent the whole year studying "Lord of the Rings." Our

[Salon Books] What I learned from trying out for Playboy
Recently, while perusing the morning Internet, I came across an article about Farrah Abraham, a former star of a former show called "Teen Mom," who was, evidently, desperate to be featured in Playboy magazine.   Twice now, it seemed, Playboy had rejected her offer to pose.  I was surprised by

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aug 7, 2013 @ 12:01:00 am
Chris Hughes explains why Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wanted to buy the "Washington Post" and speculates about what the purchase might mean for the newspaper; Crime writer Elmore Leonard has been hospitalized after suffering from a stroke

[Lit Saloon] Top 20 literary museums ?
       They held the International Forum of Literary Museums back in April, but this is the first I heard of it, via Ukrainian publications which have now all noticed that Kyiv museum of Bulgakov entered the top twenty best museums in the world literature, as one

[Lit Saloon] Best translations of translations ?
       Adam Thirlwell's Multiples came out as issue 42 of McSweeney's in the US a few months ago, and is now available in book form, as Multiples: 12 Stories in 18 Languages by 61 Authors from Portobello Books in the UK (see their publicity page, or get your copy

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain
The story of Americans exiling themselves to Europe has been told many times. These poor souls just won't give up their search for new answers in the old world. In the past few years, characters like Ben Lerner's narrator in Leaving the Atocha Station have gone abroad, hoping to find their real

[Guardian Books Blog] August's Reading group: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This month we're time-travelling back more than 3,000 years, via last year's Orange prizeAfter a long run of classics and novels from long dead writers, the hat has selected a book that is fresh and contemporary, even if it's set more than 3,000 years ago. We're going to be reading The Song of

[Guardian Books Blog] August's Reading group: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This month we're time-travelling back more than 3,000 years, via last year's Orange prizeAfter a long run of classics and novels from long dead writers, the hat has selected a book that is fresh and contemporary, even if it's set more than 3,000 years ago. We're going to be reading The Song of

[The Millions] Racetrack Diary: Opening Day
1. A Friday morning in mid-July: opening day at the Saratoga Race Course. We’re in the final throes of a heat wave that’s been smothering the entire Eastern Seaboard for days on end, and this morning the thermometer reads 97 — with the humidity, it tops 100 in the shade. I’ve worked days

[Salon Books] Jennifer Weiner was right: What’s the difference between “chick lit” and literary fiction?
Hannah arrived a few minutes after eight, apologizing for being late. "I have no excuse," she said, as she slid onto the bar stool. "I live just down the street."Nate caught a whiff of coconut shampoo.While she deliberated between a Chianti and a Malbec, with her head tilted away from his and her

[Guardian Books Blog] Turning away from book trailers
These 21st-century marketing tools get between you and the author's words, so I'm sticking to old-fashioned textA curmudgeonly late-adopter of new book-tech, I'd never seen a trailer for a novel before Lauren Beukes's Shining Girls creepfest, screened at a Kitschies event, introduced me to the idea.

[Salon Books] What comes after capitalism?
You'd have to be at least middle-aged to remember a time when capitalism was not the only game in town.For about 70 years, capitalism, first named by Karl Marx, fought for its life against a competitor that invoked Marx's name in a series of revolutions and wars.Capitalism, as most of our

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Traditional journalism isn't dead
Journalism needs a business model

[Guardian Books Blog] Guardian Nosy Crow book club: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
Join the Guardian Nosy Crow book club as we discuss Dave Shelton's A Boy and a Bear in a BoatLast month the Guardian Nosy Crow book club had a pretty emotional discussion about Patrick Ness's much lauded A Monster Calls - at the physical book group in the Crow's Nest, on the blog and on Twitter

[The Millions] Uprooted
What is deracination, and why is it key to understanding American fiction? In her novel Housekeeping, Pulitzer laureate Marilynne Robinson defines it as “the free appreciation of whatever comes under one’s eye,” inspired by the Western sentiment of “feeling no tie of particularity to any

[Salon Books] Dan Balz: “Being in power doesn’t mean you have real power”
No one had high hopes for the presidential election that just passed and so, perhaps, no one was disappointed. But that dreary slugfest, like any war, nevertheless becomes the most relevant model for how the two parties will fight next time.As the Washington Post's chief correspondent, Dan Balz is

[The Millions] Our Lucrative Profession
The folks at Harper’s Bazaar (not Harper’s Magazine) are launching a new short story competition, and the grand prize is wild: an all-expenses-paid weeklong stay on a private Scottish island, publication in the May 2014 issue of the magazine and a first-edition book from the Asprey’s Fine and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: An impassioned plea
More damaging than you think

[The Millions] I Leave You My Daffodils
What was it like to grow up with Wordsworth or Coleridge as your dad? Hint: it was weird. (h/t Arts and Letters Daily) Related posts: I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud What’s a Wordsworth scholar to do when nature offers him... “I would leave everything here” Recommended Reading:

[The Millions] Breaking the Mold: Can Jeff Bezos Save the Washington Post?
1. That yowl of pain you heard coming from the nation’s capital on Monday afternoon was the death cry of the print newspaper business as it was cut to the heart by the buyout of the Washington Post by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Just forty years ago, during the Watergate scandal, the Post was an

[The Millions] “More wrong than we’ve ever seen”
Recommended Reading: “Rabbit Starvation” by Alexandra Kleeman. Related posts: The Brits Are Wrong… If you’re not watching Masterpiece Theatre’s toothsome Emma on Sundays,... What’s Wrong with Books? Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman explain what’s wrong with books:...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A radical approach to the climate crisis
Will global warming lead to more war?

[The Millions] Necessary Losses
“When people are young adults, they have these packs, or tribes, that they form. Those connections are very real, and yet another, more powerful social narrative is that you’re supposed to pair off and have children—and never see your friends again. In the case of the gay world, there’s an

[Salon Books] Elizabeth Wurtzel is writing another confessional memoir
Perpetual adolescent and "Prozac Nation" author Elizabeth Wurtzel is writing another book -- you guessed it, a confessional memoir. This one will be based on her rambling self-involved New York magazine article that, like everything Wurtzel, you probably hate-read back in January.In a Reddit AMA

[Baby Got Books]
From our New York correspondent, word of some of the cool bookish things going on in the Empire State. The first is a report from Hudson, NY’s The Spotty Dog Books and Ale.   Books, craft beer, author events, and live music.   I’m putting my house up for sale now. Also:  The New York

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: On Narconovellas
All wars have their bards, and Mexico's narco wars are no exception. Since 2006, myriad fictions have been added to the torrent of news articles, academic studies, poetry, artworks, movies, telenovelas and music (the famous narcocorridos—corridos are narrative folk songs) about narco culture. Of

[Lit Saloon] Writing in ... Russia
       At Russia Behind the Headlines Asia Pacific Alena Tveritina writes about New genres in post-Soviet Russian literature, finding: the Russian literature of the 21st century has its own important agenda to pursue: it digests an entire epoch; it paints pictures

[Lit Saloon] Night Film review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marisha Pessl's eagerly and long-awaited second novel, Night Film, due out shortly.        This is one of those books that, under most circumstances, I would

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aug 8, 2013 @ 12:21:00 am
George Saunders's 2013 commencement speech to Ithaca grads will be coming out as a book; A previously unpublished story by a seventeen-year-old Steig Larsson to be released; Did Philip Roth put a photo of hate mail on the cover of "The Human Stain"?

[Guardian Books Blog] 30 years - what did you witness?
Join Edinburgh international book festival's 30th anniversary celebrations by sending us your photographs of significant events from the last three decadesHannah Freeman

[Guardian Books Blog] Science fiction's invisible women
They write some of the best fiction in this genre, but all the recognition and all the prizes go to men. SF is not supposed to be this old-fashionedThe Bible was written by a woman. Not all of it, just the good bits. Those fantastic old stories, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, were written

[The Millions] The Asking is Both Graceful and Profound: On the Stories of Josephine Rowe
1. I didn’t meet Josephine Rowe at Adelaide Writers Week, but we were there together. I arrived in the city some days early, by request, because I feared the jetlag would be much worse than it was. It wasn’t terrible. I didn’t stay up all night and sleep away entire mornings, the way I do when

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: As we evolve
How could we engineer humans to have more empathy?

[The Millions] Type Writer Fetish
Want to make your writing more dramatic? Try using a typewriter. Tom Hanks professes his love for typewriters in The New York Times. “Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a

[The Millions] With A Grain of Salt
Charles Baxter doesn’t believe in writing routines, but he does have some odd superstitions. “I don’t like to spill salt. I throw it over my left shoulder. But if I spill salt in the morning, my day is fucked,” he told The Daily Best. Related posts: The Gray Salt Sea, The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What's an idea worth?
One with a lavish backstory

[The Millions] Doses of Medicine: The Words and Wisdom of Louise Glück
I once hit Louise Glück after one of her readings, oddly with her own books. Of course, I did so unwittingly. During the post-reading mingle, I kept trying to place my book bag on my shoulder, but it kept bumping against something and wouldn’t stay. That something was her, and when my

[The Millions] Real Life Rosebud
Last month, we got the gossip from Orson Welles. This month, the dirt is about him. His first film, Too Much Johnson, was recently rediscovered in Italy. Related posts: There Is No Real Life If you enjoyed Bill Morris’s review of The Book of... The Real-Life Inspiration behind Hugo’s Quasimodo

[The Millions] May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
Leave the marshmallows at home, and bring your bow and arrow to summer camp instead. In Largo, Florida, the Country Day School created a camp based on The Hunger Games, where campers play intense games of capture the flag. Don’t worry, killing your fellow campers isn’t allowed. Related

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The stench of the Potomac
It's tempting to abandon our political institutions

[The Millions] And All That Jazz
Have you ever wondered what The Great Gatsby would sound like? Designer Vladimir V. Kuchinov made The Generative Gatsby, a book that features typography based on famous 1920s jazz songs. “The following work is a visual experiment, a study of how music of this era, its rhythms, syncopations and

[Lit Saloon] Prize: Europese Literatuurprijs
       They've announced that the Europese Literatuurprijs 2013 naar Limonov van Emmanuel Carrère, as the translation by Katelijne De Vuyst and Katrien Vandenberghe wins the award for best translated-into-Dutch book 2013; Carrère gets €10,000, and


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