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Mon, June 16th, 2008
SF to General Fiction: Get with the Program
Posted by: Keir Graff

Trying to catch up on my reading. In an examination of David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague and Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends, Michael Saler declares that the War between the States (of fiction, that is, literary and genrefied), is over. Almost over. Well, the end is in sight. (“The rise of fan fiction and comic book culture,” […]


Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Front Covers: A Trend with Legs
Posted by: Keir Graff

For those of you interested in judging books by their front covers, PRINT Magazine chronicles a trend with legs (“One Leg Leads to Another,” by Steven Heller). (Thanks, Dan!)


Thu, May 22nd, 2008
From Boys to Men
Posted by: Keir Graff

And, just in time for Father’s Day . . . Harper Entertainment is betting that it’s not just young boys who are interested in retro, clip-arty activity books–their fathers may be, too:   This one, however, makes me kind of sad, and not only because my poor book-loving father never taught me how to flush a radiator:


Thu, May 22nd, 2008
Another Bad Boys Book
Posted by: Keir Graff

Or should that be Another Bad-Boys’ Book? I’m just going by the cover here. But this trend is getting dangerous:


Fri, May 16th, 2008
Yes, book reviewers want to be authors–you got a problem with that?
Posted by: Keir Graff

So Janet Maslin reviewed Bright Shiny Morning writing in the style of her subject (“Little Pieces of Los Angeles, Done His Way,” New York Times): He wrote a book but it was bad, liar bad, faker bad, it got him in trouble. A million little pieces. It was the name of the book. It was also […]


Wed, May 7th, 2008
Famous and Possessive: A Core List
Posted by: Keir Graff

Inspired by the excruciating ruminations of Lisa Chellman, I finally started a list I’ve been meaning to make for a long time. I think you’ll quickly discern the theme: Audubon’s Elephant, by Duff Hart-Davis (2004) Caesar’s Column, by Ignatius Donnelly and Walter Rideout (1960) Cleopatra’s Nose, by Daniel J. Boorstin (1994) Cleopatra’s Nose, by Judith Thurman (2007) […]


Tue, May 6th, 2008
Writing and Publishing Are His Business
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you missed Terry Gross’ ”Fresh Air” interview of the always-fascinating Charles Ardai yesterday, you can check it out online. Although much of the information about the Hard Case Crime publisher was familiar to me from my own interview three years ago (I’m proud to say that Booklist recognized HCC’s potential appeal long before the mainstream media […]


Fri, April 18th, 2008
The Friday Laziness of Keir Graff
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at Under the Covers, Lisa Chellman is trendspotting (and I’m reproducing her list, with links to the books we’ve reviewed): The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney The Puzzling World of Winston Breen The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous The Extraordinary Adventures […]


Wed, April 9th, 2008
MC Keyboard vs. Fontie Smalls
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Galleycat, Emily Gould tracks a dangerous new trend (I adulterated this quote with links to Booklist reviews): Rudolph Delson‘s ‘Maynard & Jennica‘, Gary Shteyngart‘s ‘Absurdistan‘ and Benjamin Kunkel‘s ‘Indecision‘ all have something in common besides the frequency with which they’re spotted on NYC’s subways: These popular books all contain homages to hip-hop.  After reading […]


Wed, April 9th, 2008
Naked Came the Collaborators
Posted by: Keir Graff

I seem to remember a book written by 13 authors…oh, yes: Naked Came the Manatee (1997). And, in fact, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, et al appropriated the concept from a practical joke called Naked Came the Stranger (1969). Now there’s an Internet start-up that’s hoping to turn a hoax and a lark into a business model. According to […]





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