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July 2007

In memoriam: Sterling E. Lanier

I’m just finishing a review of Jack Dann’s The Man Who Melted, out in a reissue from Pyr. Writing the review has had

What’s the secret of Harry’s appeal?

Michael Dahl, a children’s book author and editorial director of Stone Arch Books in Mankato, Minn., oft has been heard to say that “the

Celebrating bad writing

NPR News this week interviewed Scott Rice from San Jose University about the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest “honoring the very best of the worst in fiction”.

Amazon’s A9: Personal Jesus

I’d just finished at the Amazon checkout counter when I stopped to marvel at the A9-Clickriver search and sell tools the website employs.

In the news—Girls of Riyadh

Most of the girls look like rock-solid citizens in this stronghold of Islam, but in the privacy of their homes (often vast sprawling affairs with

An idea as dangerous as all outdoors

Could there be a more brilliant title than The Dangerous Book for Boys? You could take two empty covers, stick a book of matches inside—

A Thousand Words: I thought I could escape

Courtesy: The Saturday Age, 30 June 2007,

June 2007

Reflections on Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut would say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. 

Killing’s not the key to these Swedish novelists

the aftermath of murder is what absorbs these writers

Harry Potter and the deathly discounts

A lightning-shaped scar, furrowed brow and piercing green eyes are what will greet you in the doorway of the Secret Garden Bookshop in Ballard, Wash.,

May 2007

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