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July 20, 2007

Professor Trelawney Examines Her Tea Leaves 2

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On the eve of the release of the final Harry Potter, I offer Millions readers a few brief intuitions – alas, grounded more in literary convention than in second sight – about the events to come in The Deathly Hallows. My chief intuition, based largely on the over-determined association of Dumbledore with the phoenix throughout […]

July 16, 2007

Potter, not so good for industry after all 2

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In an article on Washington Post’s Outlook Sunday, book critic Ron Charles explores the Harry Potter phenomenon, dissects – rather unfavorably – J.K. Rowling’s writing and discusses issues that are larger than the teenage wizard. Yes, larger than Potter – if you can believe it. With the seventh installment hitting the shelves July 21, Potter-mania […]

July 14, 2007

Meta-Critic Madness 0

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The Rake put together a terrific column on lazy reviews, the prevalence of lists masquerading as criticism, and the army of meta-critics that has emerged online. I’m late in linking to it, but it’s a very worthwhile read. A taste: Yes, Virginia, your pal the Rake has been willing witness to countless hours of VH1’s […]

July 12, 2007

In Praise of Wyatt Mason 0

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It’s been over a decade since James Wood came on the scene to reclaim literary criticism as its own kind of literature, and though all his enthusiasts have a top-ten list of the Wood essays with which they most strenuously disagree, he comes by his reputation as “our best critic” honestly. Indeed, disagreeing with Wood […]

July 11, 2007

Canadians Paying Steep Prices for New Books 2

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Book hoarder that I am, I tend to buy most things second-hand, occasionally remaindered, almost always paperback, ideally pocketbook. But never hot-off-the-shelf hardcover. Okay, occasionally. When Bob Dylan’s Chronicles came out a couple of years ago, I bought it after work on the first day and actually refused to return home without a newly-minted copy […]

July 7, 2007

On the Road Scroll Rolls into Bookstores 2

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Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is known as much for its content as for the story surrounding its creation: Kerouac wrote in a frenzied three weeks, typing furiously on a continuous scroll of paper, or so the story goes. The truth is though, while there is indeed a scroll – it has toured the country […]

July 7, 2007

Tallying Up the Wives 3

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The Economist gets my award for best infographic of the week with this visual tally of the wives of the leading Republican presidential candidates. Judging by this criteria, Mitt Romney appears to have a clear advantage over his rivals. (source)

July 3, 2007

A Reader’s Affliction 2

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In the Indian newspaper Business Standard, Nilanjana S. Roy declares “There is always a point in the life of the avid reader when you have to make a choice between your books and your sanity.” She is not saying that reading will drive you mad but that the multiplying volumes owned by many book lovers […]

July 2, 2007

Potter-madness Approaching Full Froth 0

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It’s not just July, it’s the “Harry Potter month” to end all Harry Potter months. With book 7 coming out on the 21st, the frenzy will be ramping up over the next couple of weeks. Amazon has been doing its best to stoke the flames (recall the Harry-est Town in America promotion). A new press […]

July 2, 2007

Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy Excerpted 0

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Following up on our recent post about the new Woody Allen books now in stores, The Independent has an excerpt from Mere Anarchy, Allen’s collection of new work. It begins: “What evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” And with that came a fiendish cackle projecting shivers up my spine every Sunday […]