Interview: Paul Auster

The Book of Paul Auster

by Jill Owens for POWELLS (Jan. 24, 2007)

” Paul Auster has been writing beautiful, metaphysical, mysterious novels for a long time now. Some of them are funnier than others, some more devastating in their conclusions. He’s also written screenplays, poetry collections, essays, plays, and memoirs. His latest, Travels in the Scriptorium, could be seen as a distillation of much of his life’s work — a multi-layered, spare puzzle of existence and creation, conveyed in lovely, minimalist prose. Booklist admires it as “an archly playful and shrewdly philosophical tribute to the transcendence of stories.”  ”

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Read It Online: THE NOTEBOOKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI by Jean Paul Richter (1883)

from Sacred Texts

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Read It Online: THE DESCENT OF MAN by Charles Darwin (1874)

from Sacred Texts

2nd edition

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Read It Online: THE WORKS OF JOHN LOCKE by John Locke

from Google Book Search

565 pages/1823

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Published in: on January 11, 2007 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  

NEW:PLUM LOVIN’ by Janet Evanovich

12093456.gifLatest of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is released today. You can read the first two chapters online at her website as well as learn about tour dates. Book is available at a discounted price from Barnes & Noble. Click image to buy.

If you would like to attend one of the appearances, as scheduled on her website, please click on Google Calendar on this blog’s side-bar. If you have gmail account you can schedule reminders or import Calendar to your account or iCal (Mac).

Published in: on January 9, 2007 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: In With The New…

In With The New

by Robert McCrum and Hephzibah Anderson for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 31, 2006)

An extraordinary number of the novels coming our way in 2007 deal with war. As for non-fiction, the war in question is between weighty biographies and skimpy celebrities. So choose now between sex with Davina and 16th-century feminism with Germaine …”

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Read It Online: BERNARD SHAW, THE MAN AND THE MASK

from Google Book Search

H. Holt, 305 pages, 1916

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Review: WOODWARD AND BERNSTEIN by Alicia Shepard

Personal History

by Samuel G. Freedman for Washington Post Book World (Dec. 24, 2006)

“During a handful of days in April 1976, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein went from being esteemed and honored investigative journalists to something we would now call a brand. Their first book — All the President’s Men, the saga of the two young Metro reporters’ Watergate sleuthing for The Washington Post — topped the paperback bestseller list.”

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Published in: on December 29, 2006 at 2:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Short Story: The Festival of The Immortals

The Festival of the Immortals

by Helen Simpson for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 23, 2006)

“The Daniel Defoe event had just been cancelled, and as a consequence of this the queue for the tea tent was stretching half way round the meadow. Towards the back, shivering slightly this damp October morning, were two women who looked to be somewhere in the early November of their lives.”

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Interview: Robert Hughes

Critical Overload

by Rachel Cooke for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 24, 2006)

“Robert Hughes lives above a shop that sells very expensive handbags in SoHo, New York. I am quite familiar with these handbags and their price-tags by now, because I’ve been killing time here for a while. I arrived for our date – lunch! in his loft! – too early. Why? Nervous anticipation just drove me on.”

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Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment