Archive for August, 2008

Sunday Quote of the Night

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”

- John Steinbeck

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Sunday Evening Book Reviews

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The Detroit Fress Press looks at three offerings: 1941: THE GREATEST YEAR IN SPORTS, ABRAHAM’s VENGEANCE, MY HUSBAND’S SWEETHEARTS.

BlogCritics has Neal Karlen’s, THE STORY OF YIDDISH – HOW A MISH-MOSH OF LANGUAGES SAVED THE JEWS.

Selden Edward’s, THE LITTLE BOOK, is a bit of a disappontment they say.

Afternoon Viewing: ‘Born into This’ Part 2

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The second part of the 2003 Bukowski documentary Born into This:

Related:

Part 1

The Orwell Diaries – Day 15

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Note: Each day that one was written, The Orwell Prize will be posting an entry from Orwell’s Diaries on the 70th anniversary of its composition. You can read the AuthorScoop preview here.

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Today’s entry:

August 31, 1938:

Morning very cold, warm & fine later.

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Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The Telegraph has a new batch of literary news snippets, kicked off with an item about a service that sells blurbs praising self-published books.

Buzz growing for The Heretic’s Daughter.

Roald Dahl: “the sexist British spy in America”.

Paul Auster talks to The Scotsman about the ’67 Newark riots and how the experience informed his new novel, Man in the Dark.

Dick Francis returns to writing at age 87.

Saturday Quote of the Night

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

“A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.”

- Max Eastman

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Saturday Evening Book Reviews

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Huh, I just met Gregg Hurwitz two weeks ago – a thoroughly charming guy who will unfortunately remember me only by virtue of a vomiting story I told. God, the things I say and how they come back to me. At least I bought him a beer. So, my best buddy, Gregg Hurwitz, gets a nice review of his latest novel, THE CRIME WRITER, on blogcritics.

411mania.com reviews a couple of new comic books.

A roundup of new books (fiction and non) are reviewed on Kentucky.com.

The Guardian lists the winners of The Diagram Prize – oddest of the odd books.

Afternoon Viewing: ‘Born into This’ Part 1

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Over the next 12 days, I’ll be posting ten minute chunks of the 2003 Charles Bukowski documentary Born into This.

Today: Part 1

The Orwell Diaries – Day 14

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Note: Each day that one was written, The Orwell Prize will be posting an entry from Orwell’s Diaries on the 70th anniversary of its composition. You can read the AuthorScoop preview here.

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An excerpt from today’s entry:

August 30, 1938:

Elderberries now ripe & bird-shit everywhere deep purple. Purple stains on logs etc. where they have been. Seems difficult to believe that birds digest much of what they eat.

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Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Iain Sinclair on the twists and turns of his search for the mysterious English novelist Roland Camberton.

Times Online’s online audio book festival rolls on.

Brian Lambert interviews poet Robert Bly.

Disgraced fake-Holocaust memoir author fights in court for profits of her hoax.

Leaked manuscript upsets Stephenie Meyer to such a degree that she may never finish the book. But she’ll post the unfinished draft online

Friday Quote of the Night

Friday, August 29th, 2008

“There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.”

- William Makepeace Thackeray

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Friday Evening Book Reviews

Friday, August 29th, 2008

DenofGeek.com reviews the impressively titled, 500 ESSENTIAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, and says it lives up to its name without inner-sanctum snobbery.

A book of book reviews, or at least of book categorizations, Hallie Ephron’s 1001 BOOKS FOR EVERY MOOD, makes an appearance in the Boston Globe’s online book section.

The Atlantic posts a guide to upcoming releases.

Curtis Sittenfeld’s muses via novel on how the life of a First Lady unfolds in AMERICAN WIFE.

And The Denver Post recaps notable debut novels.

Afternoon Viewing: Henry Miller

Friday, August 29th, 2008

A three-part video of Henry Miller giving a guided tour of the art gallery that was his bathroom:

The Orwell Diaries – Day 13

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Note: Each day that one was written, The Orwell Prize will be posting an entry from Orwell’s Diaries on the 70th anniversary of its composition. You can read the AuthorScoop preview here.

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Today’s entry:

August 29, 1938:

Overcast & chilly. Heavy rain last night. Dahlias now in full bloom.

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Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, August 29th, 2008

A Maine woman steals a library book to protect the children.

TheBookFinder.com releases its list of the most searched-for out-of-print books of the past year.

The Guardian‘s James Hawes goes for Kafka’s throat.

Both sides claim victory in Texas Bible course case.

R.I.P. Chris Matthews

Thursday Quote of the Night

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

- Stephen King

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Thursday Evening Book Reviews

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

International Herald Tribune serves up a double shot of reviews: Human and Life in the Balance.

An anonymous review of Michael de Mare’s Confessions of a Recovering Preppie on Slashdot. Best line: “Michael de Mare is to literature what Jeffery Dahmer is to fine dining”.

Dani Shapiro’s Black and White gets a glowing review from Blogcritics.

Publishers Weekly presents a big ol’ pile of non-fiction reviews.

Afternoon Viewing: James Frey

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Qtv interviews the author on a range of subjects, from the controversy of A Million Little Pieces to his recent novel Bright Shiny Morning:

 

The Orwell Diaries – Day 12

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Note: Each day that one was written, The Orwell Prize will be posting an entry from Orwell’s Diaries on the 70th anniversary of its composition. You can read the AuthorScoop preview here.

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Today’s entry:

August 28, 1938:

Night before last an hour’s rain. Yesterday hot & overcast. Today ditto, with a few drops of rain in the afternoon. The hop-picking due to start in about a week.

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Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The Langam Charitable Trust has blacklisted Random House over its cancellation of Sherry Jones’s The Jewel of Medina, vowing to not consider any book by the publisher for its prestigious literary prizes.

‘Basic Instinct’ scribe Joe Eszterhas writes about his religious conversion on the heels of his battle with cancer in Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.

Urdu poet Ahmad Faraz laid to rest in Islamabad.

Socialite DJ and Lindsay Lohan hanger-on/suspected lover Samantha Ronson gets her turn in the quasi-celebrity memoir parade.

Bookslut takes on No Fear Shakespeare.