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Archive for February, 2009

Fri, February 20th, 2009
So Many Unusual Authors, So Little Time
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been wanting to read a book by Harry Stephen Keeler for years, ever since I stumbled across him at Find a Grave. (Yes, I’m morbid, but I was just looking for famous people buried in Chicago–turns out he was buried a few blocks from where I was then living.) Having discovered that the McSweeney’s […]


Fri, February 20th, 2009
You got your poegel in my wovel!
Posted by: Keir Graff

First wovels and now poegels. I’m pretty sure the poegels won’t end up in p-books, however. Bear in mind that poegels are essentially something William S. Burroughs used to do with paper, scissors, and glue–which sounds like a lot more fun. And here’s Annie Dillard’s take, which, again, didn’t require the internet. (Thanks, Donna!) I hereby announce the […]


Fri, February 20th, 2009
Alfred A. Knopf Jr., R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the New York Times (“Alfred A. Knopf Jr., Influential Publisher, Dies at 90,” by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt: When he was discharged, he telephoned his father, who asked what he planned to do for a career. “I guess I’m going to work for you,” he said, and did. We’ve seen a lot of big names passing […]


Thu, February 19th, 2009
A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

In January, AMC aired (or should I say “cabled”?) a short segment on Freebird Books‘ post-apocalyptic book club. And, no, that doesn’t mean the book club itself takes place after the apocalypse, merely that they’re discussing–wait, you’re way ahead of me, aren’t you? Anyway: great idea! Our own Ben Segedin is sort of a one-man post-apocalyptic […]


Thu, February 19th, 2009
In Horror Novels, the Crazies Are the Sane Ones
Posted by: Keir Graff

In Sarasota, Florida, a city commission meeting heard from a guest speaker who promoted an unusual theory (“Man escorted from commission meeting Tuesday,” mysuncoast.com): “I’m from California.  I’m known by 10% of Florida.  I’m known by 50% of California.  I’m the man exposing the truth about John Lennon’s murder.  Stephen King, Casey Key resident, shot John Lennon.  He’s not […]


Thu, February 19th, 2009
Blah Blah Blah
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the off chance that you missed it, here’s the interview I did last night:


Wed, February 18th, 2009
A Book List for Readers Who Are Serious about Not Being Depressed
Posted by: Keir Graff

An update from Marianne Goss, who reports that there are now more than 100 novels listed on her site, Positively Good Reads, “An upbeat reading list for people who often find serious novels depressing.” Some readers may remember my original post, “How about a downbeat reading list for people who find comic novels amusing?” in which […]


Wed, February 18th, 2009
A Face for Radio
Posted by: Keir Graff

I feel compelled to mention that I will be the guest on Book World News this evening–it’s one of the several internet radio shows from Circle of Seven productions on BlogTalkRadio. Recent guests have included people from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly, so I look forward to talking trash about–er, I mean, enjoying the collegial spirit that the host, […]


Tue, February 17th, 2009
The Curious Case of The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m sure I’m not the only person to notice this, but I just stumbled across our review of Andrew Sean Greer’s The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004): Max is one of the most unusual people one could ever meet, even in a novel. He ages backward. Mentally and emotionally, he progresses as do other children. Physically, […]


Tue, February 17th, 2009
If I Twittered, This Would Be a Tweet
Posted by: Keir Graff

Given the problems in publishing, this line, from Nicholas Rankin’s review of Valerie Holman’s Print for Victory (British Library), is provocative. From the Times Literary Supplement: Even though book publication was halved in the war, book sales doubled and booksellers made money. (Or was that too wordy?)





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