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Archive for December, 2008

Thu, December 4th, 2008
Ross Wins The Guardian‘s First Book Award
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Alex Ross won The Guardian‘s First Book Award for The Rest is Noise. Ross’ subject, twentieth century music, had some critics tossing out the word “inaccessible”: The chair of the judging panel, Guardian literary editor Claire Armitstead, said: “In some quarters this book has been seen as not having a popular appeal. Our prize – […]


Thu, December 4th, 2008
I’m Still Waiting for Someone to Invent Beef Jerky Incense
Posted by: Keir Graff

Though I try to keep an eye on the poetry beat, my efforts are woefully inadequate. Today I’ll do better. In Donna Seaman’s review of Kevin Coval’s Everyday People in the December 1 issue of Booklist, it caught my eye when Donna noted that the white, Jewish, suburban-raised hip-hop poet’s works contain “beef jerky and sandalwood incense.” And if […]


Thu, December 4th, 2008
Does One Publisher Dominate the NYT Top 10? Knopf on Your Life
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m not the only one who noticed that the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2008 is a little Knopf-heavy: Fiction Dangerous Laughter, by Steven Millhauser (Knopf) A Mercy, by Toni Morrison (Knopf) Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon) 2666, by Roberto Bolano (FSG) Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf) Nonfiction The Dark […]


Wed, December 3rd, 2008
Beautifully Wrapped Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Dan Kraus just reminded me to take a look at the Book Design Review‘s Favorite Book Covers of 2008. I love this stuff. Seeing books that are physically beautiful is a great reminder that, no matter how handy a Kindle can be, e-books will never be as satisfying as a book made of paper–just as an […]


Mon, December 1st, 2008
It Is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times
Posted by: Keir Graff

Talk about a business of extremes. [1] One could imagine the book, venerable as it is, just vanishing into the ether. [2] Nevertheless, publishers continue to produce books, while countless numbers of people read them and — a word that crops up frequently in relation to books — love them. [3] 1. “Publishing Displays Its […]


Mon, December 1st, 2008
The Interesting Profile of M. T. Anderson, Champion of the Teens
Posted by: Keir Graff

There’s an interesting profile of M. T. Anderson (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, volumes 1 and 2) in the Washington Post (“Tomes for Teens,” by Bob Thompson): M. T. Anderson is defending the intelligence of teenagers, and he’s getting quite worked up about it. “It’s insulting to believe that teens should have a different […]


Mon, December 1st, 2008
Marse Wins the Cervantes
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Cervantes winner was announced over the holiday weekend. The prize (worth over $150,000), went to Juan Marse, an author far more popular in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. Marse’s English translator, Nick Caistor, had this to say:  “He was fashionable in the 70s when he was translated quite a bit … but then he […]





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