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Archive for July, 2006

Mon, July 31st, 2006
Typograpical Erors
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’d been meaning for some time to write about one of the more pedestrian problems of reviewing from uncorrected proofs when I came across this sentence: He stopped to tie his hoot, then continued, quickening his step, peering around comers before crossing intersections.  It’s from City of God, by Paulo Lins, which has perhaps the […]


Fri, July 28th, 2006
Picture This: A-Rod an Author
Posted by: Keir Graff

Publishers Weekly reports that HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish a picture book by clutch-slipping Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez. Called It’s Not Nice to Boo Underperforming Superstars, it will provide young baseball fans with an important lesson in exercising tolerance and good manners, especially when visiting Yankee Stadium. Just kidding. Actually, it will be called Out […]


Tue, July 25th, 2006
Forthcoming Titles
Posted by: Keir Graff

We’re going to be redesigning the blog soon. It should look basically the same, but will have a few features (including month-by-month archives) that it doesn’t have right now. Another feature I think I’d like to add is a regularly updated list of the books I’m reviewing. At the moment, the pile looks like this: […]


Fri, July 21st, 2006
Of Mastery and Masterpieces
Posted by: Keir Graff

Rereading what I wrote on Wednesday, it seems to me that, despite my attempt at breezy and ironic humor, I do in fact sound like a you-kids-get-off-my-lawn fogey. Memo to myself: don’t reread old blog posts. This morning I filed my reviews for Anthony Swofford’s Exit A and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I read the […]


Wed, July 19th, 2006
Aloha to Youth
Posted by: Keir Graff

As I write this, the Chicago Park District is hosting a luau for little kids in the park across the street from my apartment. It’s not that I don’t love the song “Wipeout.” And I’d be the last person to argue that the song’s already considerable charms aren’t enhanced by the sound of a dozen […]


Mon, July 17th, 2006
Swofford Takes Right Turn at Exit A
Posted by: Keir Graff

As you may have heard, it’s hot in Chicago. Actually, looking at the weather map of the whole country, it’s all shades of brown and beige, as if it’s covered by sand dunes. I’m typing this slowly to conserve energy. I finished Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead last Friday, and over the weekend I read about half […]


Wed, July 12th, 2006
The Experience of War
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m nearing the end of Jarhead. Operation Desert Storm has finally started but the men are still waiting to go into combat. The waiting reminds me, in a way, of the waiting in trench warfare, like All Quiet on the Western Front, except that, in today’s wars, the enemy is not waiting just a few […]


Tue, July 11th, 2006
Jarheads and Junkies
Posted by: Keir Graff

I stayed up far too late last night reading Jarhead. I think part of the reason I’m so absorbed in it is that I’m not reviewing it. When I’m reviewing a book, I rarely surrender entirely to the writing – there’s always a part of me that stands back, taking notes and thinking about how […]


Mon, July 10th, 2006
Background Research
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, I got my reviews filed on time last Thursday (there were six in all-I forgot to mention The Science of Parenting, by Margot Sunderland). I haven’t read all that much since then. No matter how much I love reading, the rush to finish books in time for deadline often leaves me with a craving […]


Fri, July 7th, 2006
Bookstore Receipt of a Stay-at-Home Dad
Posted by: Keir Graff

My purchases yesterday: Jarhead, by Anthony Swofford Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss (Both excellent for reading aloud.)





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