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Archive for June, 2006

Thu, June 8th, 2006
An Unedited Exploration of Editing
Posted by: Keir Graff

I spend so much time writing about the murky areas of book reviewing that readers may well be wondering if I have any idea what I’m doing. Most reviews, in fact, don’t present esoteric conundrums. But like the 10 o’clock news, I’m most interested in the anomalies, the tough choices, the ethical dilemmas, the miracle […]


Wed, June 7th, 2006
The Power of Pans
Posted by: Keir Graff

Yesterday I wrote about a mention of a Booklist review in the book I’m reviewing for Booklist, Richard Powers’ The Echo Maker. The pre-pub reviews of Gerald Weber’s book have come in, and his editor tells him that the Kirkus review is “a little mixed” but the Booklist review is “to die for.” (FYI, I […]


Tue, June 6th, 2006
The Power of Pride
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last night I was reading Richard Powers’ new novel, The Echo Maker. It’s about a man, Mark Schluter, who suffers brain damage in a car accident. He develops Capgras syndrome, which makes him think that certain people close to him are impostors. One of these is his sister, Karin Schluter, who has quit her job […]


Mon, June 5th, 2006
Printer’s Row
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, the 22nd annual Printer’s Row Book Fair wrapped up yesterday. Nearly 100,000 book lovers enjoyed the chance to browse nearly 200 book stalls; to hear fascinating readings, interviews, and panels; to have their photos taken with one of the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are; and to drink beer. E. L. Doctorow and […]


Thu, June 1st, 2006
Spending 300 Pages with a Jerk
Posted by: Keir Graff

The plot of Jeremy Blachman’s Anonymous Lawyer is pretty simple. A hiring partner at a big law firm starts an anonymous blog as a lark, a way to vent frustrations and take potshots at his colleagues. The blog catches on, and his gratification at finding an audience is balanced with his fear of being found […]





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