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maria and dave

It’s been a fun week.  On Wednesday night, our good friend Maria Semple organized an 826 benefit at Town Hall with Dave Eggers, and invited me onstage to do the reading with them and answer questions.  Maria read from Bernadette‘s … Continue reading

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thickness

“Sorel’s basic character flaws had all cemented by the age of fifteen, a fact which further elicited my sympathy.  To have all the building blocks of your life in place by that age was, by any standard, a tragedy.  It … Continue reading

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the sense that the booker prize sucks

There are two book reviews I’d like to post, by way of comparing great writing with crap writing.  My original thought was to interleave snippets from these two books, allowing one to make its own case and the other to … Continue reading

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hyperforeignism

I drove into Boulder, Colorado at midnight on Wednesday, my impulse to eat a late dinner nearly overbalanced by my need to declare the long day over.  It turns out that, even with throngs of kids boozily wandering from bar … Continue reading

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where’d you go, bernadette?

Our friend Maria Semple mailed us an advance copy of her new novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? a few weeks ago.  Adrienne took the first nibble, then quietly devoured it in a few hours, a sphinxy smile on her face.  … Continue reading

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escape from camp 14

Our good friend Blaine is gearing up for the publication of his new book, Escape From Camp 14. It’s about a young man who has managed to escape from the most brutal of North Korea’s giant concentration camps, eventually making … Continue reading

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death letter

Maybe it’s the recent demise of the great Captain Beefheart, which is a reminder of the way music, 30 years ago still a medium for revolution, no longer has a past or a future, but has congealed into a timelessly … Continue reading

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solar/freedom

Perversely, or perhaps guiltily, after putting a knife in Ian McEwan in a previous post, I felt compelled to read his new book, Solar.  Polished it off recently while waiting for my new notebook to sync documents.  This comes on … Continue reading

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zero history

Recently finished William Gibson’s new novel, Zero History, during the no-electronics phase of a plane’s ascent to 30,000 feet.  It feels like I’ve read half of this book during takeoffs and landings. I have a soft spot for Gibson.  A … Continue reading

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