Articles from September 2005

Five Books Later, A Read!

September 15th, 2005 · Comments Off on Five Books Later, A Read!

After a month of “Not tonight, honey, we’re reading”, members of the LitBlog Co-Op have chosen the Fall 2005 “Read This!” title. Pop on over to the main LitBlog site to see who earned our collective love — this quarter’s title is guaranteed to invite lively discussion. But wait, there’s more! Other nominees will be […]

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In Which We Learn There’s Still A Chance For Gravity’s Rainbow

September 14th, 2005 · 7 Comments

It is rare that the husband is able to lord his reading prowess over us, but it happened once (and he, being the type who recalls the 1972 World Series as if it were yesterday, relishes the memory a little too often). We’re sorry, but we have attempted Gravity’s Rainbow from the front, back, middle, […]

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Good Morning, and Welcome To the World of Nepotism

September 14th, 2005 · 3 Comments

We are delighted to bring you a charming story of a deal that seems to be a little cozier than appropriate. We are sure that most of you out there are aware that publishers have international units. Not all of those sales to small countries such as Djibouti are done to unaffiliated third parties*. If […]

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Thinking About The Role of Terrorism in Fiction

September 13th, 2005 · 1 Comment

In the past weeks, an editor and an agent have suggested that they’re not looking for the terrorist novel, the classic “someone goes into a crowd and blows stuff up” sort of thing. While some took an expanded view of this idea, we, perversely, took it quite literally. We presumed that these publishing professionals were […]

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. Well, You Can, But It Would Be Deemed Unbelievable

September 12th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Admittedly, our fascination with the recent Michael Jackson trial was limited to the idea that a lot of people were being introduced to the idea that Santa Maria is a real city. Then, of course, came the jurors and their book deals, sort of like rainbows after rain. As we weren’t planning to purchase and/or […]

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We’re Back, Safe and Sound

September 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on We’re Back, Safe and Sound

We couldn’t help but notice that our blog was napping all afternoon. Apparently, the second the power in Los Angeles went out, the site decided to climb into the hammock and nap. We are uncertain as why the blog could take the rest of the day off while we had to pretend to work, but […]

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Commercial Break, Blog Style

September 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on Commercial Break, Blog Style

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog reading to point you to an exciting new product. Someone let us share our thoughts on a book we recently read. We’ll be doing this regularly at Paperback Reader. Too Wilde To Tame by Janelle Denison

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Totally Off Topic

September 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on Totally Off Topic

It is one of those days when not much is catching our attention, except, of course, this lovely quote from the BBC, circa 2005: A Day In The Life, the Beatles’ most ambitious work to date, featured what Lennon described as “a sound building up from nothing to the end of the world”. This is […]

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The Finite Jest

September 9th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Finite Jest

Let us, for a moment, ponder the act of editing books. There are many in the publishing ranks who complain that they don’t so much edit as administer. Oh sure, every interview you read with an editor talks about the hands-on approach and collaborative process. . .given the continual output of major label publishers versus […]

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There’s Not a Line Here That Goes With Anything

September 8th, 2005 · Comments Off on There’s Not a Line Here That Goes With Anything

Something about the statement that S.E. Hinton is rarely interviewed sent us to our trusty friend, Google. And sure enough, when her novel Hawkes Harbor was released last year, there were interviews. It’s always a relief to know that the brain still functions, at least on one cylinder. Okay, maybe the novel didn’t do so […]

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