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Dog-Eared and Dispatched: June 8, 2014

Dog-Eared and Dispatched, June 8, 2014

This week’s rundown of the wild world of book culture starts on a positive note with a look at the importance of independent bookstores. We’ll also take a look at Penguin Random House’s new logo strategy, which was announced on Tuesday. Finally, the Author’s Guild weighs in on the Amazon/Hachette affair, and there are some

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June 8, 2014

Hyper-Paranoid, Fascinating, Thought-Looping, Twenty-First Century Anxiety

It is only somewhere near the end of Jonathan Callahan’s The Consummation of Dirk that you realize the extent to which these stories, almost no two of which initially appear to be written in what might be thought of as the same “style,” coalesce around particular questions, objects, and phenomena in a tantalizingly (suspiciously?) coherent fashion.

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October 9, 2013

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013 James Lasdun’s Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked asks a question many writers won’t have the opportunity to ask: could I—a reputable literary figure—meet my downfall because of a jilted would-be writer? The average person might experience the average social

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October 2, 2013

The Clover House Ballantine Books, 2013 There are legends within every family that are edited and often dramatized by each passing generation. At times, these narratives can help us feel connected with our particular community, as though by telling a story we are saying, “Here is what happened, this is what it means, and this

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September 16, 2013

In 1918, shortly after the Russian Revolution, my great-grandfather, Anatoly, moved his family to St. Petersburg to support the Bolsheviks. Six months later the Bolsheviks arrested him. Anatoly’s wife, Evgenia, figured his arrest was a mistake of incompetent officials. She marched to the offices of the secret police to demand the return of her husband.

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August 22, 2013

Riverhead, March 2013 reviewed by Tim Horvath As a teenager I stumbled upon Milorad Pavic’s Landscape Painted with Tea in the art section of the chain bookstore at the Cross County Mall. I felt aggrieved, not so much for the crime of misshelving as for the fact that someone had simply tossed it there without

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August 14, 2013

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