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Archive for October, 2006

Mon, October 30th, 2006
The Unwitting Autobiographer
Posted by: Keir Graff

Okay, so most Americans won’t have heard of Pete Bennett, winner of the English reality-TV show, Big Brother. And it seems highly unlikely that HarperCollins will release his book, Pete: My Story, in the U.S. But I can’t resist an article with the title “My book? I haven’t read it yet.”* How did he write the […]

Fri, October 27th, 2006
Trying Not to Be Part of the Problem
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been lamenting the rise of the celebrity-authored picture book often and loudly enough to have finally realized that I’m part of the problem. Even if I’m only mentioning these books only in order to criticize them, I’m still contributing in a small way–very, very small–to the media hype. Jessmonster was the first to answer […]

Thu, October 26th, 2006
The Whiting Ten
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just when you thought a week would go by without more literary awards…it doesn’t. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 25 – The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation today named ten recipients of the 2006 Whiting Writers’ Awards. The awards, which are $40,000 each, totaling $400,000, have been given annually since 1985 to emerging writers of exceptional talent and […]

Wed, October 25th, 2006
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you found it too daunting to wade through my endless post on Dave Eggers’ new book, What Is the What, you can read the distilled version of my thoughts over at Review of the Day. laktierenden Behaarte Brustwarzenjunge pics Tiny nude TeenagerLink pissing Pussys Milch GalerieInterrassisch Zuchthairy Indian assSex Kostenlos creampie Anker Filme interrassischFKK-Fotos […]

Tue, October 24th, 2006
Love, Gulag-Style
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m reading House of Meetings, by Martin Amis. So far, it’s great. (Despite its compact size and clean, whittled prose, it’s been slow going for me this week due to the six-month-old’s nighttime schedule.) Written as a memoir intended for an audience of one, it’s the story of an elderly Russian man who returns as […]

Fri, October 20th, 2006
Posted by: Keir Graff

After my attack of blogorrhea on Monday, it’s a wonder I didn’t develop a worse case of blaryngitis. I didn’t post yesterday because, among other things, I was putting a gloss (well, a second coat of base, anyway) on my reviews for The Case of the Missing Books, Prime Green, The God of Animals, and […]

Fri, October 20th, 2006
A New Twist on the Fictionalized Memoir
Posted by: Keir Graff

Whereas there is a growing number of memoirists whose work, purported to be true, has been proven to be false, O. J. Simpson is, apparently, going to give this trend a twist: he’s going to publish a memoir he insists is false, but which most people will insist is the truth. (There’s another take, with a few more details–but not […]

Wed, October 18th, 2006
The Interpretation of Disappointing Sales
Posted by: Keir Graff

In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg had an interesting article examining why Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder only hit #18 on the New York Times extended bestseller list. As Caleb Carr sagely notes, “you can’t schedule cosmic events.” Trachtenberg also discusses Barnes & Noble’s “Barnes & Noble Recommends” program, which provided a […]

Tue, October 17th, 2006
Again with the Bragging
Posted by: Keir Graff

I haven’t even read Martin Amis’ new novel, House of Meetings, yet, and already he’s talking to Reuters about how much we’ll hate the next one: “It’s not that far from being finished, so it’s long-ish and very autobiographical and very indiscreet and it will be much hated, and I will be, again.” Why will […]

Mon, October 16th, 2006
A Truly Heartbreaking Work
Posted by: Keir Graff

So, on Saturday night, I finished reading What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, by Dave Eggers. We received the galley too late for a review in print Booklist (the novel’s publication date is October 25, and we’re finalizing the November 15 issue this week), so my review will be a Booklist Online […]

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