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Top Book Blogs 06/2014

[Salon Books] Air travel’s dangerous gamble: The growing perils of airline deregulation
Although US air carriers took in over $2 trillion in revenue between 2000 and 2012, much of it untaxed, entire books have been written about the airline industry’s inability to make a profit. The topic never seems to lose its appeal for economists, consultants, academics, and journalists—each

[The Millions] “I was sad as I began to think that I might be gay.”
Recommended Listening: Andrew Solomon’s Moth story, “My Post-Nuclear Family.” (Solomon’s work has previously been shouted out in our Year in Reading series by Millions staffers Hannah Gersen and Edan Lepucki.)

[The Millions] Double Shot of Dominican Poets
The Fortnightly Review has English-language translations of poems by Homero Pumarol and Frank Báez, two Dominican poets you should really check out.

[The Millions] Illustrated Joyce
Stony Road Press has teamed up with the James Joyce Centre to release a limited edition handmade book, “reproducing the original 1914 text” of “The Dead,” and featuring really interesting hand printed illustrations by Robert Berry. Check out some examples here, here, and here.

[The Millions] “Albertine says she does not know.”
Recommended Reading: Anne Carson’s poem, “The Albertine Workout,” as it appears in the latest edition of the London Review of Books. The work is actually excerpted from her forthcoming New Directions pamphlet of the same name.

[The Millions] Re-launched Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive re-launched a week ago, which is great news for anyone who wants to browse through recordings of poets reading their work.

[Salon Books] Henry Ford’s reign of terror: Greed and murder in Depression-era Detroit
Henry Ford was relaxing in a New York hotel room one day when he met a man named Harry Bennett. He was a little figure — five-foot-seven, 145 pounds, with hard blue eyes, receding brown hair, and a bulldog jaw. The New York Times columnist Arthur Brisbane introduced the two. Bennett was from Ann

[Salon Books] “Euphoria”: Primitive love
It's the rare novel of ideas that devours its readers' attention. More often, as with Eleanor Catton's "The Luminaries" or "Gravity's Rainbow," we work our way through these books carefully and with frequent pauses, rather than gulping them down in long, thirsty drafts. It's not a literary form

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: June/July/Aug 2014

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Twists of Hate
Two fictional takes on the war in Iraq

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Hard Corps
ALL MEN MUST DIE. A few months ago, posters emblazoned with this slogan began cropping up around New York, auguring both the doom that is our mortal lot and the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Like all things related to Game of Thrones, the ads were embraced with great enthusiasm and a striking

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Thumbing Things Up
The stunt book is a great American genre. For reasons of capitalism and lack of imagination, however, the stunt-writing industry took a sad tumble a while back, just about 118 years after Nellie Bly set out to travel around the world in under eighty days. Picture it: The year was 2007, and A. J.

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Humble Pie
Celebrity books take center stage.

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Out-of-Office Message
A dentist grapples with online harassment, and his soul, in Joshua Ferris's new novel

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: The Pleasure of the Text
Hervé Guibert's unbridled eroticism

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: BEA’s big books
For those of you who missed Book Expo America (or who were there but fear you missed something), Publisher’s Weekly has rounded up the 2014 convention’s big books. At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad wonders if Seymour Hirsh aided Syria with “unprofessional journalism.”

[Bookslut] Reading Empire: A Stranger in Olondria
One of the greatest gifts a novel can give a reader is summed up by the anxiety of watching the pages yet to be read thin to nothing. Jevick, the narrator of Sofia Samatar's A Stranger in Olondria, describes this...

[Bookslut] Never Love a Gambler by Keith Ridgway
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[Bookslut] Taste by Daisy Rockwell
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[Bookslut] Fantasias in Counting by Sophie Seita
In Sophie Seita's dazzling first collection of poems, Fantasias in Counting, musical scales, lists, and instructions are transformed into theatres, dramatic monologues, and dictatorships. By creating such a provocative disconnect between form and content, Seita raises compelling questions about...

[Bookslut] I'll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin
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[Bookslut] You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek) by Eleni Sikelianos
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[Bookslut] The Anne Carson Workout
Beloved asleep. If you can't sleep yourself, can't join your love in unconsciousness, get up and read with me. I'm reading Anne Carson's The Albertine Workout, a little entry in the New Directions Poetry Pamphlets. Here, Carson considers Albertine, the...

[Bookslut] An Interview with Peter Mountford
I'm lucky to know Peter Mountford personally. Because if I didn't I'm not sure that I would have picked up his novels -- A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism and, now, The Dismal Science. International economics and the...

[Guardian Books Blog] Poems of the week: Selima Hill
Four short and sharp looks at the social pressures weighing on young women are both witty and unsettlingSelima Hill's new collection The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism has an intriguing, faintly sexual title, disarmed, or complicated, by the jacket picture a handsome, striped Devon Rex cat with a pure,

[Bookslut] An Interview with Alden Jones
In ten months, author Alden Jones has published her first two books, establishing herself as equally capable in two separate genres. Her essays in The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia (2013) is a bold...

[The Millions] Communicating Her Truth: Remembering Maya Angelou
A few weeks ago, I listened to Maya Angelou’s 1987 appearance on Desert Island Discs. The host was Michael Parkinson, a great interviewer who struggled rather sadly to connect with this particular castaway. The low point of the conversation is almost certainly this: “You described yourself

[Bookslut] Taking Offense: A Re-Examination of a Negative Review
When a Bulgarian book is published in the US, this is an event. An event – not so much because it is of great consequence or marks a conquest, but because it happens rarely. A blank space on the...

[Bookslut] Move in the Right Direction
In 2012 in The Paris Review, Susan Howe told Maureen N. McLane that she -- Howe -- doesn’t travel easily. “If I can get into a library -- public libraries or even a bookstore,” Howe said, “I feel safe... It’s...

[Salon Books] Piketty’s haters fail again: Destroying 5 new lies designed to discredit “Capital”
Two Fridays ago, Chris Giles of the Financial Times made a splash by claiming that there are serious problems with the data used by Thomas Piketty in one chapter of his surprise bestseller “Capital in the 21st Century.” A week of teeth-gnashing ensued until, last Thursday, Piketty responded

[Guardian Books Blog] Erotica authors live their dreams, survey finds
On rivers and adventure rides, in museums, offices and cemeteries, the authors of adult fiction are really throwing themselves into their 'research', it seemsMy inbox heaves with surveys these days recent efforts include Heathcliff and Miss Havisham being voted literature's most haunting characters

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: God irrelevant
Atheists could learn a lot from religious people about how to win debates

[The Millions] Dystopia’s Meta-Dangers
“Why write in an unlovable genre with an inevitably hectoring tone? Dystopia, situated in a dangerous no-man’s-land between the pulpit of the preacher and the safe sniper post of the satirist.” Future futurists, take note: the New York Review of Books reviews Chang-Rae

[Bookslut] An Interview with Guadalupe Nettel
The acclaimed Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel has just made her English language debut with Natural Histories (Seven Stories Press), the translation of her collection El matrimonio de los peces rojos. Born in Mexico City in 1973, Nettel earned her doctorate...

[Guardian Books Blog] 12 literary insults to make you weep
A survey has named "My dear, I don't give a damn", from Gone With the Wind as the greatest literary putdown. Here are our choices. What are yours? Continue reading...

[Guardian Books Blog] Is Jeremy Paxman right about new poetry's inaccessibilty?
'Poets now seem to be talking to other poets... [not] people as a whole,' said the outgoing Newsnight presenter and Forward prize judge. Really? Help us compile examples of poems in film, TV, radio or any other pop-culture media and share your personal experiences of poetry in daily lifeJudging the

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: What are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themWelcome to this week's blog. Here's a roundup of your comments and photos from last week. FrDuffyFighting69th said:I am reading 'My Imitation of Christ' by Thomas A Kempis - ca 1420. It was written to provide a handbook on

[The Millions] The Back of the Face
“A neck cannot be modern. A neck is in time, belongs to time, but is not formed by it. My guess is that even photos of Neanderthal necks would not differ significantly… [They are] in a certain sense, pure nature. Something that grows in a certain place, the way tree trunks grow, or

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Charlie Rose: November 2, 1993 (Maya Angelou)

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the balance
Floats like a vulture

[The Millions] The Past Will Never Be Past: On A Detroit Anthology
Through a horrific half-century of decline, Detroit has become one of the most blighted cities in America. It has also become one of the most misunderstood — a victim of misread history, media clichés, self-serving racial rhetoric, corporate and political indifference, and crime and

[The Millions] The 250
You may not have known that Thomas Jefferson – author of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. President, founder of the University of Virginia – also found time to amass the largest contemporary collection of books in North America. For sixteen years, The Library of Congress has been

[The Millions] Who Wants to be a Millionaire Poet?
There’s an oxymoron for you: “Rich Poet.” But the new fortunes of Emirati poet Saif Al Mansouri prove that with talent, grit, and a live television audience, truly anything is possible. The UAE show “Millionaire’s Poet,” in its sixth season, awarded $1.3

[NYT] Barbro Lindgren Wins Children’s Literature Prize
The Swedish author won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize, which includes a cash award of about $748,000.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Taking inequality seriously
Countries with the widest gap between rich and poor

[The Millions] A 2BR/2BA of your Own
Broke New York writers – by which we mean, New York writers – take note: the city’s Department of Housing is allotting a small number of $1,022 two-bedroom apartments to working artists through a convenient online application. (If that’s too rich for your blood,

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks with Richard A. Clarke
Clarke, the US Counterterrorism Czar during the Clinton and Bush years (who was once targeted by Osama bin Ladan), discusses his new thriller, Sting of the Drone, which takes on drone warfare—a topic he knows all too well.

[Lit Saloon] Novel-writing pro and contra: Javier Marías
       In the summer issue of The Threepenny Review Javier Marías (The Infatuations, etc.) offers Seven Reasons Not to Write Novels and Only One Reason to Write Them.        The reasons against can seem a bit strained -- are

[Lit Saloon] June issues
       A couple of June issues of online periodicals are now up, including Words without Borders' June 2014: The Queer Issue Volume V (with some 'New Writing from Equatorial Guinea' thrown in for good measure); the new issue of Open Letters Monthly; and a selection

[Lit Saloon] The Elusive Moth review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Afrikaans-writing author Ingrid Winterbach's The Elusive Moth, now available in a US-edition from Open Letter.

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