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January 24, 2012

Hierarchy of Book Publishing: The Top 100 0

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Knopf publicity bigwig Paul Bogaards kindly plunked us onto his Hierarchy of Book Publishing: The Top 100. We’d note that we’re run out of basements throughout the NY-metro area (and not just NJ), but we’re too busy telling the Stieg Larsson estate to eat our dust.

January 24, 2012

On the Crime Beat 0

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At The Awl, a gritty interview with Daily News crime reporter Kerry Burke (who was once featured in a Bravo “reality show” Tabloid Wars that I loved but that was sadly cancelled). Burke says, “I’m not a very nice person. I’m not from a nice place. At the same time, I love these people. These […]

January 24, 2012

What Improv Can Teach You about Writing Humor 0

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Elissa Bassist took an intro improv class and used what she learned to create some rules for writing funny fiction. (Thanks, Rachel)

January 24, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Dovlatov, Wolitzer, Moore, Sickels 0

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2012 could be the year that we get to know Sergei Dovlatov, and our own Sonya Chung may have played a role. Her 2009 piece on the forgotten Russian humorist helped land one of his stories in PEN America. Soon we started seeing Dovlatov mentioned everywhere, and last year, Counterpoint published The Suitcase, and now […]

January 24, 2012

Fragmentary: Writing in a Digital Age 26

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Fragmentary writing captures the tension between “digital” and “analog” reading better than anything else out there. And that tension, in many ways, is the defining feature of the contemporary reading experience.

January 23, 2012

Everyone Is an Immigrant 0

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Eliza Griswold’s got a great essay up on The Poetry Foundation’s website. It’s about poetry and reportage in Lampedusa, the largest island in the Italian Pelagie chain.

January 23, 2012

Sic transit gloria mundi 1

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Two sides of a related coin: on authors whose fame died before they did, and on authors who died before they finished their work.

January 23, 2012

Where Parents Get Their Power: Evidence from The Brothers Karamazov 10

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It occurred to me that the Grand Inquisitor’s interpretation of the Temptation of Christ effectively describes the power I hold over my two sons.

January 23, 2012

In Other Words, All of America 0

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Would you prefer to live in a city designed around parking, or a city designed around food?

January 23, 2012

The War on Baby Girls 0

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We’re headed toward a future with a “biologically unnatural excess of males,” writes Nicholas Eberstadt. Indeed, “It’s a girl” can be recognized among “the three deadliest words in the world.”