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Top Book Blogs 09/2014

[Lit Saloon] Ian McEwan profile
       In The Observer Robert McCrum profiles, at some length Ian McEwan: 'I'm only 66 -- my notebook is still full of ideas' -- mainly, of course, about his new work, The Children Act.        Quite a few interesting titbits --

[Lit Saloon] Our Lady of the Nile review
       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Rwandan-French author Scholastique Mukasonga's prix Renaudot-winning (2012) novel, Our Lady of the Nile, now available in English from Archipelago Books.

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: An Autumn Sunset by Edith Wharton
Best known for her fiction, the novelist was also an occasionally glorious poet, as this reflection on a fiery sky showsThere's a faint Keatsian flavour to this week's poem, An Autumn Sunset, by the multi-talented American novelist Edith Wharton. "Some ancient land forlorn" echoes the Ode

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize shortlist: a long look at First Time Solo by Iain Maloney
The story of a tyro pilot in the second world war isn't awful, but it's hard to find any warmer endorsementEarly on in First Time Solo, Jack Devine, a farmer's son from Aberdeenshire, is called up to the RAF in 1943 and travels to London to join his fellow trainees. Then we get this: Continue

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: You'll never see Australia the same way again
Is Australia losing its empathy?

[The Millions] Trash Collector
We’ve all heard stories about fans who root through the trash of Hollywood celebrities. But what about those rare birds who root through the trash of famous authors? Herewith, Adrienne LaFrance relates the story of Paul Moran, a Salem, MA resident who picked through John Updike’s garbage. It’s

[Guardian Books Blog] London's book benches readers' photos
Visitors to London this summer have had an extra attraction to seek out book-shaped benches scattered across the capital. Not only are they are a beautiful tribute to some of the best London-themed literature, but they are raising money for a great cause. We challenged readers to track them down,

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Alex Liberman Panel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sights set high
You might not have known it

[The Millions] Good Intentions
“To make money, I’m planning on teaching English, or coaching recreational soccer, or something. But that’s not important because apartments are cheap, and that part, kicking around a ball, or helping Thai children have a better command of the English language, even though I don’t speak a

[Bookslut] An Interview with Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson was once a professor of mine at Austin College in North Texas, and long before The Unspeakable was published and won the Alex la Guma Award for International Fiction, I asked him for the manuscript and read it....

[The Millions] Dark Investments
There are many flavors of noir, but the one that may be the most relevant to our lives today, Julia Ingalls argues, is corporate noir, which often takes the form of science fiction. At the LARB, she writes about several examples of the genre, including Alan Glynn’s Graveland and Natsuo Kirino’s

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Mess with political scientists
Is there a need to redefine political science in this age of intellectual aristocracy?

[Salon Books] We might have autism backwards: What “broken mirror” and “broken mentalizing” theories could have wrong
To be an autistic child means, with variable degrees of severity, to be incapable to establish meaningful social communications and bonds, to establish visual contact with the world of others, to share attention with the others, to be incapable to imitate others’ behavior or to understand

[NYT] New 96-Page Murakami Work Coming in December
“The Strange Library” will arrive just three and a half months after Mr. Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage."

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Sept/Oct/Nov 2014

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Dutch Renaissance
A sweeping account of how the Reagan years began as the Nixon era

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Scents and Sensibility
A history of perfume doubles as a how-to.

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Back to the Present
Ben Lerner's metafictional novel about art, ambition, and a writer named Ben

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: The Solipsist State
A reexamination of the rationale for the invasion of Iraq stresses the ideological eclipse of reason

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Battle Ground
A look at the tangled political history of modern Gaza

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Wore Stories
An anthology surveys what women wear—and why

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The tyranny of 24/7 email; Tillie Olsen
Our fall issue is out now (click here to download the iPad edition), with Christian Lorentzen on Ben Lerner’s 10:04, Christopher Caldwell on Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge, Emily Gould on perfume nerds, and more. Amazon angers Japanese publishers. Clive Thompson on the benefits of taming

[Baby Got Books] PSO2には「アタリID」がある

[Lit Saloon] Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances
       They've announced that this year's FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages will go to Blindly-author Claudio Magris; he will get his US$150,000 and the prize on 29 November, at the opening ceremonies of the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

[Lit Saloon] More Murakami !
       Yes, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage just came out in English, but we're in for a Christmas-season treat as well, as Alexandra Alter reports in The New York Times that New 96-Page Murakami Work Coming in December, and Lindesay Irvine

[Lit Saloon] Samuel Johnson Prize longlist
       They've announced the longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction -- though, last I checked, they hadn't managed to do that at the official site, because ... well ... who knows ? But The Telegraph has the list of fifteen titles.

[Lit Saloon] September online issues
       Among the publications with September issues now available, in part or whole, online are: The September issue of Words without Borders, with a focus on 'Writing Exile', and bonus coverage of 'Nepal's Many Voices' The September/October issue of World

[The Millions] New Murakami: The Strange Library
We recently published our review of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Now comes news that yet another Murkami book will be hitting shores before the year is out. The Strange Library, already available for pre-order, is 96 pages long, will

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: French; Lerner; Finnegan; Iyer; Antrim; Mitchell
New this week: The Secret Place by Tana French; 10:04 by Ben Lerner; Barbarian Days by William Finnegan; Wittgenstein, Jr. by Lars Iyer; The Emerald Light in the Air by Donald Antrim; and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. For more on these and other new titles, check out our Great

[The Millions] In the Edges of the Maps: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks
Back in January, Casey N. Cep published a delightful essay at Page-Turner, The New Yorker’s book blog. The piece was about maps–particularly, the obvious affection so many writers feel for them. She mentioned, of course, the big-book fantasy writers, J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R.

[Guardian Books Blog] Raiding John Updike's rubbish a trashy pursuit
As well as being intrusive, bin diver Paul Moran has recovered very little for his alternative archive that was worth savingDid you know that there was a man who used to steal John Updike's bin bags? No, nor did I. But in the wake of the Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014, this coolly played

[Salon Books] Where right-wing lies are born: The wingnut Web, WorldNetDaily and how conservative nonsense infects America
Harry Truman used to say that “the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” Harry Truman never met the Internet.The Internet is a force multiplier for Wingnuts, empowering them to reach far broader audiences faster than ever before. It is the best breeding ground for every

[Guardian Books Blog] Cut it out, Ian McEwan: there are plenty of great long novels
The author says only a few 'earn their length' and he reads them itching to edit. But I can think of plenty of terrific giant stories can't you?Ian McEwan, who has just published a very short new book, The Children Act, has said that "very few really long novels earn their length", and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How America elects to paint itself
American exceptionalism, a double-edged word

[The Millions] Perfectly Inexplicable
Last week, I wrote about Kathryn Schulz’s innovative interview with David Mitchell, which took place on a walk along the Irish coastline. Now, in a nice complement to our own review from today, Pico Iyer reviews the author’s latest. Sample quote: “A perfectly matter-of-fact, unvarnished

[Guardian Books Blog] Washington DC in books: readers' picks
Family dramas, political intrigues, multiculturalism, and much more. From Ralph Ellison to Norah Ephron, if youre planning a visit to the US capital, heres your reading sorted as suggested by our readers. Add your suggestions below the linePolitics, and awesome political power, as well as the

[NYT] New Life for Some Pulp Fiction by Gore Vidal
"Thieves Fall Out," written by Gore Vidal under the name Cameron Kay and published in 1953, will come out in April in a new edition.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Joel Christian Gill, Strange Fruit, Vol. 1 | Talks at Google

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Towards a paradigm shift
The frontlines of the new offensive

[The Millions] Growing Up
It’s a common trope in writing courses that young artists need a dose of childlike creativity. Self-help books for people with writer’s block are filled with callbacks to childhood interests. But is it possible, as Tasha Golden argues at the Ploughshares blog, that idealizing children

[The Millions] Women in Clothes: A Collaborative Endeavor
Sipping Champagne at my kitchen table on a hot August night, I flipped through the fat book, Women In Clothes. There was my little blurb, which made me cringe only a little to see in print, in which I talk about how, after my boyfriend telling me I needed to dress better, I went out the next day

[The Millions] Color Lines
At Bookforum, Alexander Benaim reads the latest novel by Jess Row, which I wrote about as part of our most recent book preview. The novel poses a charged, intriguing question: what would happen if it were possible to change your race? (It might also be a good time to read the author’s Year in

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Why the UN?
The politics of taking sides in UN peacekeeping

[The Millions] Hints of Granite
Recommended Reading: Charles Simic on drinking wine in New Hampshire.

[Salon Books] “They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are”
In the spring of 2008, William Deresiewicz taught his last class at Yale. In the summer of 2008, he published an essay explaining how an Ivy League education had messed up his life, and the lives of his students.Elite schools, Deresiewicz argued, give their students an inflated sense of self-worth.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: WaPo’s new publisher…
Yesterday, Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos announced that Frederick J. Ryan Jr.—a onetime Reagan-administration staffer and currently Politico’s first chief executive—will be replacing Katharine Weymouth as publisher of the paper. This is the first time that the Post will not be headed by a

[The Millions] Back from the Land: The Millions Interviews Donald Antrim
  1. Before the Interview Donald Antrim and I exchanged our first set of messages in early November 2013 and arranged to speak the following week. Nine months passed, and forty-one emails. Things happened—flus and mishaps and book edits and general tumult. A few months in, I began to assume

[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 themHello, and welcome to this weeks rather belated blog. pabloelbrujo inspired an interesting discussion when he mused that an Oxford World Classics edition of Alexandre Dumas Twenty Years After had more more explanatory notes

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Full of tech
Why Silicon Valley billionaires are obsessed with Burning Man

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