Sunday, October 30, 2005

On hiatus.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Shatner-approved PM "From Around the Web"

He hasn't e-mailed me yet.  I'm verging on bitter disappointment.
  • Your dreams, in comic form.  I had a dream last night about being in a modern day Band of Merry Thieves and finding a gun in this hood's apartment.  I tucked it into my back pocket while he acted all nonchalant, trying to discreetly find where he's left his gun while smooth-talking us, so he could gun us down.  But all four of us were armed and I had his gun so we laughed and walked out to our Caddy.  He couldn't stop us.  The gun was heavy.
  • Coltrane still has a mean left hook.  The Carnegie Hall album is excellent.  I listen to it nearly every day while doing paperwork.  The other album I know nothing about; however, I do own the 4-disc "Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings" and it is music suited only to a very certain chaotic mood that comes occasionally.  Not for everyday listening, in other words.


I had to. Shat made me do it.

In celebratory good-spirit, having conquered yet another raging illness, I offer up:

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Custom-designed bookplates.

Classics for illiterates.

Big fun.  I Like the Thoreau.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Maud interviews Powells.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Is this a joke?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Author photos.

The fabulously groomed mane and decidedly unfurled brow of the "highly promotable" woman writer, of which Smith's image is an iconic example, is not only guaranteed to stir up a tangy mixture of aspiration, desire and envy; it is also a distraction from the compact between reader and writer.

Afternoon funnies.

The Morning News comes up with this alternate look at Time's 100.

Brooklyn Follies review.

Can be found here, sizzling hot off the press. 

From around the web: Quick! AM

  • More about the Murakami adaptation.
  • More about Marcus v Franzen.
  • More about Neil Young. 

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Mitchell news.

"David Mitchell, who many thought should have been the winner of last year's Man Booker with Cloud Atlas, has signed a new two-book deal with Carole Welch of Sceptre. The first will be set two centuries ago..."

Read the rest here.


Whaaaaat?  Already covered in classier establishments than this, but this article is fresh and I had to mention it.  I would love to see it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

From around the web: "I got nothin'" edition, PM

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

From around the web: decidedly less-literary non-crisis early PM edition.

Monday, October 17, 2005

From around the web, not a lot. AM.

  • TIME Magazine's Top 100.  Alphabetical, which takes some of the fun out. 
  • Article that is sort-of about Auster.
  • Through CR, this link to an interesting book project.  I'd like to see it.
  • This looks like an amusing read.
  • Much to-do around the web about that Salon article; here's one of the more cogent posts.  I won't refer to the Salon article by name, nor its author, because I suspect part of his game is getting all the literary bloggers to write about him, thus planting his name is the minds of people who normally wouldn't even hear of him - instead of by the usual tactic of hard work and decent writing, by writing snarky crap take-downs.  (Though the Sarvas picture is, as it turns out, absurd.)

Friday, October 14, 2005

From around the web: Murakami. (Updated PM)

Happy Birthday, E.E. Cummings.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Tiny Indecision round-up.

Necessarily brief, as the day job calls, here are a couple of links to/about Kunkel's book, receiving rave reviews - do we doubt? - "Indecision":
  • The first chapter, and an audio interview with the wacky Scott Simon.
  • You can always count on some blogger, somewhere, to buy an article and then post it online so everyone can read it for free.  See you in jail!  Here's a write-up on n+1 .  (Kunkel is one of the founders of n+1 magazine.)
  • An easily-found-at-better-blogs essay about Kunkel, from a not-yet-published edition of The Nation.

My search for an illicit copy of the Lethem/Auster interview, chronicled.

  • First find was this interview with Failbetter about "The Book of Illusions" - an interview which I won't read, because a glance-over seems to indicate that there are spoilers. 
  • Look at this, Lethem lovers: "Motherless Brooklyn", the movie.  Edward Norton as Lionel.  I'm in line already; Norton's work in "American History X", "Fight Club", and that Richard Gere vehicle were outstanding.  Norton is apparently directing it and wrote the screenplay.
  • Unpublished Lethem writings.  I'm way off course now.
  • It's a dead end.  Too recently published, I suspect.  Here's a snippet.

From around the web.

  • Roth's new book (already?) is coming in May
    Philip Roth's next novel, "Everyman," will be published in May by Houghton Mifflin, the company announced yesterday. Janet Silver, the publisher of the Houghton Mifflin division that will publish the book, called it "an elegant and deeply moving story of regret and loss in the shocking face of mortality."
    (Use to bypass the registration.  You probably don't need to, though, as that's pretty much the whole article.)
  • More in-depth coverage of Banville's win, along with a wacky photo.  I own his "Shroud" and "The Untouchable" and have yet to read either.  Actually, I started "Shroud" but was thrown off a bit by the pacing and decided to postpone it.  Some books have to be read at the right time, or following books that "prime the pump" for what they have to offer. 
  • The Believer has got the goods:
    Interviews include Zadie Smith talking with Ian McEwan; Jonathan Lethem talking with Paul Auster ; Adam Thirlwell talking with Tom Stoppard; Susan Choi talking with Francisco Goldman; ZZ Packer talking with Edward P. Jones; Dave Eggers talking with David Foster Wallace; Julie Orringer talking with Tobias Wolff ; and Ben Marcus talking with George Saunders.
      Smith? Lethem? Auster? Eggers? Wolff?     Powell's Wish List?
  • A considerably less wacky picture (and write-up) of the Nobel Prize for literature winner.  (Who?)
  • The whole article about the use of the semicolon.  I haven't actually read it yet, so I can't vouch for it being interesting, but I enjoy the semicolon (too much, some would suggest).

Monday, October 10, 2005

Booker winner.

I'm surprised. TEV probably won't be.


The 2005 Booker Prize is to be announced, if I've done my calculations correctly, around 4:30PM EST.  Here's a rundown of the finalists.

From around the web.

  • Paul Auster's "The Invention of Solitude" has been chosen as the book for "If All of Buffalo Read the Same Book 2005" in Buffalo, NY.  It's a memoir of his withdrawn father and their relationship.  It's also available in Auster's " Collected Prose", which is where I've been reading it.  Some critics say its among his best works.
  • Another bad review for "Slam Dunks and No Brainers".
  • New Yorker Fiction is back online, after going to subscription-only (it appeared) for the Eugenidies story last week.  They've got a new one by Tom Drury today.
  • We can only hope this isn't hooey: Season Two on DVD.  I still have season two on tape but am afraid to touch it.  Last time I watched the series finale the tape broke.


Monday, October 03, 2005

Inexpensive books.

This article, not especially new, highlights the throbbing underworld of really inexpensive books.  I found a copy of "Elizabeth Costello" for $0.01 that I'm saving up for.