Archive for February, 2009

So Many Unusual Authors, So Little Time
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So Many Unusual Authors, So Little Time

I’ve been wanting to read a book by Harry Stephen Keeler for years, ever since I stumbled across him at Find a Grave. (Yes, I’m morbid, but I was just looking for famous people buried in Chicago–turns out he was buried a few blocks from where I was then living.) Having discovered that the McSweeney’s […]

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You got your poegel in my wovel!
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You got your poegel in my wovel!

First wovels and now poegels. I’m pretty sure the poegels won’t end up in p-books, however. Bear in mind that poegels are essentially something William S. Burroughs used to do with paper, scissors, and glue–which sounds like a lot more fun. And here’s Annie Dillard’s take, which, again, didn’t require the internet. (Thanks, Donna!) I hereby announce the […]

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Alfred A. Knopf Jr., R.I.P.
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Alfred A. Knopf Jr., R.I.P.

From the New York Times (“Alfred A. Knopf Jr., Influential Publisher, Dies at 90,” by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt: When he was discharged, he telephoned his father, who asked what he planned to do for a career. “I guess I’m going to work for you,” he said, and did. We’ve seen a lot of big names passing […]

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Tomorrow by Graham Swift
By February 19, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Tomorrow by Graham Swift

Waterland is one of my all-time favorite novels. And while I have enjoyed other novels by Graham Swift (Ever After was another good one), none have quite measured up to Waterland. I had high hopes for Tomorrow. It reminded me of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, which in retrospect I liked more than I initially […]

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A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books
By February 19, 2009 5 Comments Read More →

A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books

In January, AMC aired (or should I say “cabled”?) a short segment on Freebird Books‘ post-apocalyptic book club. And, no, that doesn’t mean the book club itself takes place after the apocalypse, merely that they’re discussing–wait, you’re way ahead of me, aren’t you? Anyway: great idea! Our own Ben Segedin is sort of a one-man post-apocalyptic […]

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A Woman of Letters

A Woman of Letters

How do you discuss a book when it is not at all what the readers expected? This was the conundrum that faced the KCPL Downtowners book group at yesterday’s meeting. We gathered to talk about Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou and the book did not fail to meet expectations, but it didn’t meet […]

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In Horror Novels, the Crazies Are the Sane Ones
By February 19, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

In Horror Novels, the Crazies Are the Sane Ones

In Sarasota, Florida, a city commission meeting heard from a guest speaker who promoted an unusual theory (“Man escorted from commission meeting Tuesday,” mysuncoast.com): “I’m from California.  I’m known by 10% of Florida.  I’m known by 50% of California.  I’m the man exposing the truth about John Lennon’s murder.  Stephen King, Casey Key resident, shot John Lennon.  He’s not […]

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

Cindy: Lynn has been waiting for me to read this for forever. I have no excuse except that it is a thin book and kept getting lost in my stacks and piles of reading despite my eagerness to read it. Fortunately it is just publishing this month, so I’m not really too far behind. Tales […]

Blah Blah Blah
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Blah Blah Blah

On the off chance that you missed it, here’s the interview I did last night:

Enter the Arena for The Hunger Games
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Enter the Arena for The Hunger Games

It’s a young adult book, a work of science fiction, and the first book in a projected trilogy…but your book group, no matter what the age of your members, should give Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games a chance. Don’t just take my word for it: The Hunger Games was the best received young adult work of 2008, […]

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