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Breaking Genre Boundaries: Q & A With Deborah Cloyed, Debut Novelist

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 3:17 PM

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Deborah Cloyed's The Summer We Came to Life, out this month from Mira, is a surprising and ambitious debut novel that subverts expectations, ingeniously turning...

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A Great Book You Maybe Haven't Read: Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 10:15 AM

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So for a while, whenever I looked at Amazon's page for one of my own obscure books, the system recommended something called Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti....

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How to Throw a Party for Books: the NBA's 5 Under 35 Event

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 9:24 AM

Soft Skull publisher and all-around NYC belletrist Richard Nash recently posted a scathing opinion piece on this site about Book Expo America's decision to limit floor hours (and effectively cancel an opening night party) at BEA 2010. This means that book industry's biggest convention--drawing booksellers and publishers...

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Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" Broken Down for You by the Scholars at Rap Genius

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 8:15 AM

So you can't go anywhere in New York these days without hearing Jay-Z & Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" blaring from a window. Naturally they performed it last week at Game 2 of the World Series, causing Derek Jeter to nod his head very slightly, as if skeptical...

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An Interview with William Sleator, YA Novelist

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 4:01 PM


William Sleator was one of the very few "YA" authors I loved when I was young. Sleator's novels (mostly sci-fi or surrealist high-concept) are slim enough to be devoured in an afternoon, although I customarily started reading them around midnight and stayed up until early morning to finish....

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No Sex Until After the Election

(31) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 7:15 PM

I am taking a vow of celibacy until the election of the next president, and I encourage you to do likewise. Don't have what reasonable people consider "sex"-- that is, I'm not just going by Bill Clinton's definition here -- before we know whether we've elected Obama or McCain to...

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Drudge Ad Links Obama to Mohamed Atta

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2008 | 3:35 PM

Consider this ad running today at the top of the Drudge Report:

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Paid for by the National Republican Trust PAC, a right-wing hit group, this ad shows Mohamed Atta's driver's license superimposed on a Scary Black Man shot of Barack Obama.

Really,...

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Sarah Palin Responds to Nuclear Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 4:40 PM

The first time I heard the name Sarah Palin, I was about to get on a plane at JFK airport. Yeah, right, I thought. By the time I got off the plane at LAX, she was John McCain's running mate. Oh God, no, I thought. This is awful. She's...

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The Real Nightmare Ticket

(16) Comments | Posted June 4, 2008 | 1:47 PM

"What does Hillary want?" Nobody can say for sure! (Other than to be President, I mean.) It's the day after Barack's glorious coronation and emotions are running high. Exultant Obama supporters (unlike their classy & magnanimous candidate) are crowing and sending around videos like this (good job putting...

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49-year-old Rep. Geoff Davis Just Called Obama "Boy"?

(117) Comments | Posted April 14, 2008 | 5:23 PM

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There's not a whole lot to say about this except to just point it out. 49-year-old Kentucky Representative Geoff Davis apparently had this to say about Obama at a GOP dinner in the state:

"I'm going to tell you something: That boy's finger...

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Coke and Hookers, Very Nice. Now Let's Discuss Congestion Pricing.

(5) Comments | Posted March 25, 2008 | 3:47 PM

So when David Paterson gets unexpectedly thrust into office, the first thing he does is talk about all the extramarital sex he's had and the second thing he does is mention that he's done coke. This is brilliant -- get past it and exhibit candor while everyone's still...

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Where Do Writers Send Their Political Contributions?

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2008 | 6:47 PM

Writers are generally a destitute bunch, but there are some exceptions. I amused myself earlier today by looking a bunch of them up on Huffington Post's Fundrace tool to see which candidates they supported with their money. First, click here to see what those identifying their occupation as "novelist"...

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The Obama Opportunity

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2008 | 2:24 AM

There are opportunities we regard with interest, even with longing, that it ultimately seems more comfortable to turn down. We turn them down because of their unfamiliarity, because we are afraid of the risks involved, or because a more conventional path once seemed inevitable and we had already resigned ourselves...

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Primary Voters--Will You Endorse Hillary, the Cold Toad of American Politics?

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2008 | 6:06 PM

A profoundly affecting moment. The junior Senator chokes back tears as she surveys the spot where the Industrial Canal levee was breached, flooding the Ninth Ward and bringing the great, strange city of New Orleans to its knees...

Oh right, that didn't happen. The tragedy that makes Hillary Clinton's eyes...

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Facebook.com: Increasingly Overbearing and Terrible

(11) Comments | Posted November 9, 2007 | 12:01 PM

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About half an hour ago I bought tickets to see No Country for Old Men using fandango.com. Later I logged into Facebook.com (for which I use a different email ID and password) and saw a new entry on my news "mini-feed."...

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Norman Bates and the Real Girl

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2007 | 12:06 PM

Last night I happened to see Lars and the Real Girl, which engaged and delighted me in a completely unintentional way. The supporting cast -- the adorable Emily Mortimer and Kelli Garner; the great Paul Schneider; the charming-even-when-miscast Patricia Clarkson -- is perfect, but the movie's premise...

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One More Time on the John Kerry/Taser Incident

(22) Comments | Posted September 24, 2007 | 4:45 AM

When I wrote a post last week about campus cops attacking and tasering a student at John Kerry's University of Florida speaking event, I criticized Kerry's behavior during the incident. The post drew some strong reactions and I want to follow up.

I was startled that so many...

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Amazing

(11) Comments | Posted September 22, 2007 | 2:49 AM

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This isn't really a review; consider it a breathless, extemporaneous appreciation. I saw The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford a few hours ago and it doesn't feel like something to sit down and matter-of-factly dissect. God, it's a majestic accomplishment....

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Kerry Should be Ashamed, and the Cop Who Tased Andrew Meyer Should be Jailed

(70) Comments | Posted September 18, 2007 | 2:11 PM

By now I'm sure you've seen the videos of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer being attacked and tasered by university police at a John Kerry speaking event. If not, here's one, here's another, and here's another.

The videos (reminiscent of the nasty video from last...

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A Conversation with Literary Wunderkind Helen Oyeyemi

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2007 | 2:14 PM

At 22, Helen Oyeyemi is the internationally acclaimed author of The Icarus Girl and The Opposite House. She is also at work on a third novel, Pie-Kah. Here is an in-depth interview with Oyeyemi about the moral, cultural, and sociopolitical underpinnings of her fiction.

Interview conducted via...

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