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Archive for March 3rd, 2008

Mon, March 3rd, 2008
Yet Another Free Book–Sort Of
Posted by: Keir Graff

More free-book madness. For the next month, you can read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for free–as long as you don’t mind sitting at a computer with a live internet connection. On Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Overclocked) gives it a bad review (the interface, not the book). Gaiman responds to that and another charge, as well: I was surprised […]

Mon, March 3rd, 2008
It’s Hard to Fold a Wiki
Posted by: Keir Graff

Nicholson Baker, a print guy if there ever was one (Double Fold, 2001), falls in love with something that only lives on servers (“The Charms of Wikipedia,” TNYRB). Not only does Wikipedia need its vandals – up to a point – the vandals need an orderly Wikipedia, too. Without order, their culture-jamming lacks a context. If Wikipedia were […]

Mon, March 3rd, 2008
Richard Price on Creative Labor Pains
Posted by: Keir Graff

I just can’t say enough about the novels of Richard Price. I really enjoyed Charles McGrath’s profile in the New York Times (“Sleepy-Eyed Writer, Wandering Byzantium“). Talking about his new novel, Lush Life, Price sounds almost as good in person as he is on the page: He added that he originally thought of writing a historical […]

Mon, March 3rd, 2008
More False Memory
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the New York Times, a brief note telling us that Misha Defonseca’s Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years (1997) is not a memoir but a novel. Her story still sounds sad enough. In a statement to The Associated Press, Ms. Defonseca said: "The story is mine. It is not actually reality, but my […]

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