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Friday, June 30 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Amy Hempel; Lenny Bruce Is Dead by Jonathan Goldstein; Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart


Cubicle Comedy: Interview with Pete Flies

'Success is an act. I think it's funny when people say, 'I could never be an actor,' and it's what we do all the time, in work, relationships, life in general.' Inspired as much by Voltaire's Candide as Mike Judge's Office Space, Pete Flies talks about Memoirs of a Virus Programmer.


Wednesday, June 28 2006

You Don’t Know What You Think You Know: An Interview with Museum of Hoaxes Curator Alex Boese

'The scams that advertisers, politicians, and the media get away with frustrate me enormously, and I often wonder why people allow themselves to be manipulated so easily.' Glenn McDonald talks to author and Hoax Expert, Alex Boese


Friday, June 23 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Long before there were blogs, before there were even zines, there was Rollerderby, an offbeat mail-out pasted together and distributed from a rented attic in


Friday, June 16 2006

Lessening the Damage: Interview with Dorothy Allison

I started out as a feminist activist when I was about 18 or 19, marching as an anti-war activist and lesbian feminist. Here I am 55 years old, and I'm having to fight for exactly the same issues all over again, with an enemy, an implacable enemy, who keeps coming back at me as if we have not been fighting for 35 years to establish these rights..


Friday, June 9 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

How to Leave Work, Raise Children, and Jumpstart Your Career Even if You Haven't Had a Job in Years by Monica Samuels and J.C. Conklin; The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World by Therese J. Borchard (editor).


Thursday, June 8 2006

Wherever You Go, There You Are: An Interview with Jen Trynin

'Nobody cares about what motivates me to make music. But what people are interested in are extreme situations. And that's what my book was about. That was my version of climbing a mountain.' Jen Trynin talks to Jon Langmead about Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be, a memoir detailing her almost-rise to rock stardom.


Wherever You Go, There You Are: An Interview with Jen Trynin

'Nobody cares about what motivates me to make music. But what people are interested in are extreme situations. And that's what my book was about. That was my version of climbing a mountain.' Jen Trynin talks to Jon Langmead about Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be, a memoir detailing her almost-rise to rock stardom.


Thursday, June 1 2006

Free Culture (While Supplies Last)

PopMatters books writer Vince Carducci takes stock of World Book and Copyright Day and other aspects of the global marketplace for ideas.


Wednesday, May 31 2006

Does Beloved Belong? The Absence of Minority and Fringe Literature in the New York Times Canon

A literary equal amongst these other authors Toni Morrison has, unfortunately, been cheapened to the status of a safe signifier: the voice of an outsider, so well received by the public, that she has become inevitably insider herself. Yet she is still regarded as 'alien' as before.


Thursday, May 25 2006

A Kind of Music: Interview with David Mitchell

'Writing is a kind of music. And I mean that very nearly literally. Or at least, I mean it metaphorically. It's nonetheless a metaphor, which is truer than the obvious. A sentence is a musical phrase that your eyeball can hear. Words are musical notes that, again, your eyeball can hear. Not a sound, but a nuance.' Stephen Schenkenberg talks to David Mitchell.


Thursday, May 11 2006

Bob Marley Is Still Catching Fire

May 11 is the 25th anniversary of the passing of the king of reggae, the day when Bob Marley succumbed to cancer in Miami in 1981 at the age of 36. Today his music is more popular respected than ever. Christopher John Farley, author of the new book, Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley, looks back.


Wednesday, May 10 2006

Everymen: An Interview with T Cooper

'It's weird when everyone decides one person is cool, don't you think? I'm suspicious of that.' James Withers talks to Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes author, T Cooper, about writing, reading, coolness, Jennifer Aniston, and why boy bands should never reform.


Tuesday, May 2 2006

She Blinded Me With Science

I imagined Viswanathan, Widener Library, Cambridge, Mass., tapping away on her laptop during freshman finals in a rare moment of silliness: ''It's formulaic 'cause that's, like, the moral, right, that not everything can be reduced to a science? That's soooo 'Mehta'!' Maureen Miller reads Opal Mehta.


Friday, April 28 2006

National Poetry Month Special

  Translating the Body by Jillian Weise All Nations Press, February 2006, 44 pages, $10.00 With a book of poems about an amputee, we might get hung up


You Bring the Jack; They’ll Bring the Coke: Interviews with Craig Davidson and Brett Alexander Savor

'Once you finish writing a four-page dog fight scene, or a scene where a guy gets his leg chomped off by an incensed killer whale, or one where an old porn star's penis pump explodes ... well, you sort of say to yourself, 'I've effectively eliminated myself from the mainstream.'' Craig Davidson and Brett Alexander Savory want to talk to you about Hell -- real and imagined. (If there's a difference.)


Tuesday, April 25 2006

All Pasts: Interview with Lance Olsen

'Historians can tell you what happened and on what day it happened and perhaps something about the larger forces that impinged on the happening. But the only fiction writer can offer the why of the happening, what it might have felt like, smelled like, tasted like. By doing so, he or she reminds the world of the fictive underpinnings of all pasts, including those we hold in our own recollections.' Scott Esposito talks to Lance Olsen about Nietzsche's Kisses.


Friday, April 14 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery Atlantic Monthly Press, March 2006, 384 pages, $25.00


Worlds of Their Own: Winter Photography Books From Perceval Press

'Deeply intimate and of a worth that far exceeds their cost, these microcosmic visual universes leave the reader feeling altered by having been exposed to the essence of another person's existence.' Melissa Fischer looks at the upcoming releases from Viggo Mortensen's Perceval Press.


Friday, April 7 2006

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Given Neutral Milk Hotel's shifting lineup and frequent moves in the years before and during Aeroplane, Cooper commendably maps out their story within a spare hundred some pages.


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