May 2008

James Frey: Novelist

Bright Shiny Morningby James FreyHarperCollinsMay 2008, 501 pages, $26.95 Funny how Bright Shiny Morning is referred to as James Frey’s first novel, while A Million Little Pieces

Punk songs all sounding alike: Palahniuk’s Snuff

I used to agree with the San Francisco Examiner that Chuck Palahniuk was the New Millennium’s answer to Kurt Vonnegut. Ten years ago, I

By These Ten Bones

This weekend I finished Clare B. Dunkle’s By These Ten Bones (2005), which was nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award in 2007. I usually leave

Meeting your idols: Dianna Heitz on John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eyeby John Elder RobisonCrown, 2007 I enjoyed this article today from Northwestern University’s Medill Reports about the joyful moments of a

Not Without Honour

The most notable thing about the Australian book industry is just how small and isolated it is.  There are only a handful of major

In Search of a Complete Proust

Do you own more than one copy of a certain title? Was it an accidental purchase - you didn’t realize you already had it

Nuala O’Faolain: The Lucky One in the Family

The National Post links an interview with the late Nuala O’Faolain in which she wrenchingly discusses cancer and death: In my time, which has

News round-up: Interview edition

I’m gearing up for some author interviews this week, so I thought I’d scout about for some fun ones to share this morning…

Kids hate reading: The Plight of the Accidental Tourist

At least once a week in the video store, a high school kid will ask me this question: “Have you got The Accidental Tourist?” It’

Blubberland by Elizabeth M. Farrelly

Blubberlandby Elizabeth M. FarrellyMIT PressMarch 2008, 219 pages, $19.95 Author Elizabeth Farrelly kicks off Blubberland with something of an extended mea culpa: I, like you, drive too much.

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//Mixed media

'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

// Channel Surfing

"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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