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November 22, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bolaño, Crichton, Sondheim 0

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Another posthumously published Roberto Bolaño novel has arrived, The Third Reich. Time to update our Bolaño Syllabus again? Also posthumously published is Michael Crichton’s Micro, which was a third finished when he died and was completed using Crichton’s notes by Richard Preston. Also new this week is Stephen Sondheim’s Look, I Made a Hat: Collected […]

November 22, 2011

Beyond Holokitsch: Spiegelman Goes Meta 1

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Art Spiegelman’s Maus is that rare work of literature that speaks to everyone while pandering to no one. MetaMaus is a record of how Spiegelman pulled off this magic trick.

November 21, 2011

Then Again, Most American’s Don’t 0

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Do you live in one of the world’s ten most literary cities? I don’t.

November 21, 2011

UC Police Barbarity 1

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This week, UC Davis students protesting a tuition increase (among other things) were mercilessly pepper sprayed by their own campus police. In response, Nathan Brown, a non-tenured associate professor of English, has spoken out and called for UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi‘s resignation. In solidarity with Brown’s demand, students silently gathered around Katehi’s office as […]

November 21, 2011

“Murakami, who is nothing if not ambitious, has created a kind of alternative world, a mirror of ours, reversed.” 0

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Though coverage of Haruki Murakami‘s 1Q84 has been ubiquitous this month (appearing on this site as well), it is always worthwhile to read the inimitable New York Review of Books‘ take on such things.

November 21, 2011

Pop-Hop Books & Curio 0

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Coming in 2012: Pop-Hop Books & Curio. Located in the Highland Park neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles, Pop-Hop will be “a creative retail environment merging a bookstore and project space.” More information, as well as some opportunities to support the project, are available at the shop’s Kickstarter page, and also on its […]

November 21, 2011

Michael Lewis’ Man Cave 1

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Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d type: A seersuckered Michael Lewis shows off his “man cave” for ValleyGirl.tv. You can skip ahead to 9:20 for the tour. (via)

November 21, 2011

Babies (And Their Parents) Prefer Paper 0

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E-books may be gaining market share in a lot of demographics, but there’s one age-group in which paper still reigns supreme: toddlers.

November 21, 2011

Battle of the Heavyweights: Errol Morris vs. Susan Sontag 6

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Book lovers love to watch two heavyweights slug it out. Bloodshed, though not necessary, is always welcome.

November 20, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell: Collected 0

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The New York Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell recognizes that printed books can be beautiful, covetable objects that enhance the experience of reading. He hired Brian Rea, a frequent Times Magazine illustrator, and Paul Sahre, a designer who also frequently contributes to the magazine, to collaborate on the visuals for a new box set, Malcolm […]