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February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson 0

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Just found out that Hunter S. Thompson killed himself. It’s unbelievable. I suppose he’s one of those guys who didn’t want to die of old age. Maybe we’ll find out more… HST has been appropriated by many. He came to represent a lot of things, especially an over-the-top counter-cultural wackiness, that he may or may […]

February 19, 2005

Book News via RSS 0

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If you read a lot of blogs, you’ve either discovered RSS by now, or you are spending a lot of time visiting your favorite sites each day. If you don’t know what RSS is, this site explains it pretty well. Basically, you can subscribe to the blogs that you like, and when the owner of […]

February 18, 2005

Diddy fails to deliver 0

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Perhaps you’ve heard the recent news that Random House is suing to recover a $300,000 advance from P. Diddy for an autobiography he failed to deliver back in 1999. In the Guardian, Blake Morrison argues that Random House’s litigousness represents a departure from gentlmanly publishing practices of the past. It is most certainly the only […]

February 17, 2005

A Review of Brotherly Love by Pete Dexter 1

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I bought Brotherly Love, a discounted, yet signed, copy from the remaindered section of the bookstore where I used to work. At the time I was enamored by Pete Dexter, whose books Train and Paris Trout I had recently read. Both of those books are spare and menacing, at times brutally violent, but done in […]

February 16, 2005

Flotsam and Jetsam 0

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Check out some of the good stuff floating around: A bookstore on a boat at The CS Monitor Similarties between David Mitchell’s Number9Dream and Cloud Atlas at Conversational Reading. Tingle Alley discovers that Zadie Smith’s hubby Nick Laird may be getting preferential treatment in the book pages. Aelfred of Dunwoody Recalls a Viking Incursion at […]

February 15, 2005

Staying Sane: A Year in Reading (Part 7) 0

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Next, I turned to my second William Boyd novel Stars and Bars. This modern day comedy is the story of Henderson Dores, an English specialist on Impressionism who moves from London to New York in an effort to switch from academia to the lucrative business of art auctioning and to re-establish his relationship with an […]

February 13, 2005

Iowa Dispatches, Part 1 0

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The search for the person who will fill what is perhaps academia’s most prestigious creative writing job, director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is in its final stages. Four finalists have been announced, Richard Bausch, Lan Samantha Chang, Ben Marcus and Jim Shepard. Each will have an audition of sorts, which includes a reading, a […]

February 13, 2005

Help Needed 0

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Lizzie at Old Hag is on the board of Baltimore’s beloved book exchange, The Book Thing, which needs help. They need to move, and they don’t have the funds. Go here for more info.

February 13, 2005

A sleek marriage of luxury and literature 0

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I got a real kick out of this story about Edward P. Jones doing a reading at a Volvo dealership near Washington, DC. The reading at the car dealership may have been one of the stranger marriages of highbrow art and the mass market. Even Jones said afterward that when he got the invitation, he […]

February 11, 2005

Look Who’s Back 0

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Let’s welcome Ed Champion back from an exile brought on by the unlikely confluence of racist DJs and a careless Indian newspaper.