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Archive for April, 2007

Fri, April 13th, 2007
How loud do you want us to read them?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Publisher’s Weekly (“The Year’s Best Read-Alouds“) has announced the winners of the 2007 E. B. White Read-Aloud Awards: Picture Books Houndsley and Catina, by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Candlewick) Older Readers Alabama Moon, by Watt Key (Farrar)


Fri, April 13th, 2007
May as well give it to Philip Roth
Posted by: Keir Graff

The contenders for the 2007 Man Booker International Prize have been announced: Chinua AchebeMargaret AtwoodJohn BanvillePeter CareyDon DeLilloCarlos FuentesDoris LessingIan McEwanHarry Mulisch Alice MunroMichael OndaatjeAmos OzPhilip RothSalman RushdieMichel Tournier    I love the criteria for this one: “The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for their achievement in fiction.” Couldn’t they narrow it down just […]


Fri, April 13th, 2007
This used to be The Pesthouse
Posted by: Keir Graff

From Publishers Weekly (“How ‘The Pesthouse’ Became ‘Useless America’,” by Dick Donahue): Did you hear the one about how one book turned into another book – and that the second book didn’t really exist? Yes, that is hilarious. Almost as funny as a man, dressed up to party on Saturday night, falling into a 55-gallon […]


Thu, April 12th, 2007
Kurt Vonnegut, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the New York Times (“Kurt Vonnegut, Counterculture’s Novelist, Dies“): Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Cat’s Cradle" and "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died last night in Manhattan. He was 84 and had homes […]


Thu, April 12th, 2007
You know what else is funny? A guy getting hit in the nuts.
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Slate (“Defenders“), Jack Shafer defends Alex Heard against all those people who are defending David Sedaris. Shafer especially takes issue with the notion that sometimes fiction makes facts funnier: Jon Carroll thinks humorists require “latitude” to make things funny, a notion I find bogus. I find stories that are absolutely true – like the time one […]


Wed, April 11th, 2007
You mean she doesn’t write those herself?
Posted by: Keir Graff

This doesn’t really have anything to do with books, but it is tangentially related to libraries, and it’s definitely related to plagiarism, so I’m going to go ahead. From the Associated Press (“CBS News Fires Producer for Plagiarism“): NEW YORK (AP) – A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after a Katie […]


Wed, April 11th, 2007
Kill your darlings so that others might live
Posted by: Keir Graff

Dan Rhodes calls Thomas Pynchon a mass murderer. Well, he may as well have.  From The Guardian (“Dan Rhodes’s top 10 short books“): “I was reading a new novel the other day when it struck me that the author might as well be a murderer. It wasn’t a bad novel, it was just too long. […]


Wed, April 11th, 2007
Yes, but what do you really think?
Posted by: Keir Graff

From Galleycat (“Cussler Ripped on Stand by Screenwriter“): The LA Times’ Glenn Bunting continues to report the juiciest news from the longrunning, torturous saga that is the Clive Cussler/Philip Anschutz civil trial. Today’s tidbit? That screenwriter Robert McKee (who had his moment in the sun in ADAPTATION berating Nicolas Cage‘s character for a crappy script) […]


Tue, April 10th, 2007
Can’t we disagree agreeably?
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m glad that we in the bookblogosphere are more civil than those in the techblogosphere and other online neighborhoods. From the Guardian (“Howls of protest as web gurus attempt to banish bad behavior from the blogosphere,” by Ed Pilkington): Perhaps it was inevitable. When two leading internet pioneers came together this week to propose a […]


Tue, April 10th, 2007
Even “The Final Chapter” would have been better
Posted by: Keir Graff

I love independent bookstores as much as anybody. (Maybe I should say, “more than many people,” given the news that follows.) And so this story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (“Independent bookstores finding it tough,” by Tammy Joyner), just another in a near-daily litany of bad news for indie booksellers, brings me no joy. But surely the […]





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