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July 2007

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.,

Love Kills and Ghostwalk

Love Kills: A Britt Montero Novel by Edna BuchananSimon & Schuster ($25) BUCHANAN FINDS THE RIGHT BLEND THIS TIME Taken separately, Edna Buchanan’s two series

Schapelle Corby opts out of book profits appeal

Schapelle Corby in jail.Courtesy: Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has missed the deadline to appeal a Queensland court’s decision that

May 2007

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