Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Passage…Not Another Book Review

With The Passage, novelist Justin Cronin has created both a bona fide literary thriller and an epic tale of human endurance in the face of unfathomable horror and loss. The massive book’s enthralling storytelling, vivid prose and essential empathy mark … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism

The following post was written by Larry Portzline, author of Bookstore Tourism: The Book Addict’s Guide To Planning & Promoting Bookstore Road Trips for Bibliophiles & Other Bookshop Junkies. My goal when I started the Bookstore Tourism “movement” was to … Continue reading

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I Write Like…

  The virally popular new website I Write Like analyzes your writing and matches its style with famous authors. Who’s your literary twin? According to I Write Like, Saturday I was churning out prose like David Foster Wallace (I used … Continue reading

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Best Thrillers, Ever ?

  Last summer, NPR readers voted on a list of Best Beach Books Ever. This summer it’s the Best Thriller Ever. Last month NPR asked audience members to submit nominations for a list of the 100 most pulse-quickening, suspenseful novels … Continue reading

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The Chekhov of Cleveland, RIP

In the brave new world of the 21st century comic books have been re-branded as graphic novels and their creators are the subject of graduate school seminars and regular coverage in the New York Times Book Review. But back in … Continue reading

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Envisioning The World

“Envisioning The World” is a collection of early printed maps that offers snapshots of a world that was largely unknown at the time many of the maps were made. For most people, then, familiar territory encompassed not much more than a neighborhood. … Continue reading

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I Was Looking For A Street

  I first discovered Charles Willeford while living in Miami in the 70s; what better place to meet the master of pyscho-pulp fiction. Willeford’s darkly humorous novels were often deceptively simple meditations on being and nothingness packaged as police procedures … Continue reading

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It’s Always 1984 Somewhere

Shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell volunteered to fight for the Republicans against Franco’s fascist Nationalist rebellion. He joined the far-left POUM ( Workers’ Party of Marxist Unification), in which he fought as an infantryman. In his … Continue reading

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American Bronze

We were recently fortunate to spend some time with the exceptional American artist & sculptor Jonathan Hertzel. Take a look at his website and his brand new blog to see his exciting work in progress.    

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More Millennium Part II

Almost immediately after Stieg Larsson’s first novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tatt00, was posthumously published to international acclaim Millennium Mania spread like a literary virus around the world. This was primarily based on the quality of the work, but was also influenced … Continue reading

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