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Archive for September, 2007

Wed, September 26th, 2007
Hmm….
Posted by: Keir Graff

Anyone know of any others? (Free for all spotted on Kaite’s Book Shelf.)    


Wed, September 26th, 2007
Agents: Useless or Merely Ineffectual?
Posted by: Keir Graff

There’s been some upheaval at one of England’s top literary and acting agencies, the details of which aren’t terribly important to anyone except to industry watchers and top literary and acting talent. It did, however, result in a commentary (“Agent provocateur,” the Guardian) by Martin Wagner which is worth the time of anyone who aspires […]


Tue, September 25th, 2007
Stuart Dybek Is a Genius
Posted by: Keir Graff

Speaking of geniuses, beloved Chicago author Stuart Dybek (I Sailed with Magellan, 2003) was just called a genius, too–and this high praise has even higher financial rewards than the Frank O’Connor (rich though that award may be): he’s been named a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, with a cushy payout of a cool half mil over five […]


Tue, September 25th, 2007
Miranda July Wins the Frank O’Connor
Posted by: Keir Graff

Apparently unsatisfied with a career as filmmaker, video star, website designer, and author–now she’s become an award-winning author as well. Richard Lea reports in the Guardian that Miranda July has won the Frank O’Connor for her collection No One Belongs Here More Than You (“Award-winning film-maker scoops short story prize“–what, not ”short-story”?). Not only did she beat out Alice Munro […]


Mon, September 24th, 2007
Um…30? .0017?
Posted by: Keir Graff

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2007 5 under 35. I know, it sounds like a math problem, but it’s about writers: Now in its second year, 5 Under 35 highlights the work of the next generation of fiction writers by asking five previous National Book Awards fiction Winners and Finalists to select one […]


Mon, September 24th, 2007
What I Would Read If I Liked Reading
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the New Yorker, Austin Kelley examines the Strand Bookstore‘s Books-by-the-Foot service (“Books in Bulk“). I would have thought that the primary client would be set designers, but it turns out the Strand does a fair amount of business with private libraries, too. Not only are they providing books for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, […]


Mon, September 24th, 2007
Does that mean we can exchange friendship rings?
Posted by: Keir Graff

From across the pond, a too-rare sentiment in the ongoing print-vs.-blogs campaign: blogs and reviews should be best friends. Awww. No, seriously: awww. Natasha Tripney is writing about theater reviewing (or, if you prefer, theatre), but it works anyway. (Thanks, Frank!)


Fri, September 21st, 2007
Interview: Jonathan Messinger
Posted by: Keir Graff

The short stories in Jonathan Messinger’s Hiding Out offer what Booklist reviewer Mark Eleveld calls “a sliding scale of solipsism”: characters retreat, hide, obsess, find themselves in the wrong situation, and struggle to connect. In my favorite story, “Hiding Out,” a lonely guy sends e-mails to himself, reluctantly attends his bloviating boss’ birthday bash, and […]


Fri, September 21st, 2007
Blurbs Away!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, Sarah Weinman looks at the Denver Post‘s look at blurbing (“Not all blurbs are created equal,” by Robin Vidimos). Conclusion? They work. I’ve actually heard publishers say that blurbs aren’t that important, but I think they do make a difference when it comes to books. (The film industry has […]


Fri, September 21st, 2007
The More You Think about It, the More Sense It Makes
Posted by: Keir Graff

Sometimes you see the same thing on several different blogs, and how you cite it simply depends on the order in which you read the blogs. (Making the case that you should name your blog “AAA Litblog”.) Anyway, via BookDaddy via Bookslut, it’s Beckett for Babies: Brilliant. I hope somebody publishes this.





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