Category Archives: Literature

Wondering what to get me for Chrismakkuh?

100 Notable Books of the Year. And I haven’t read a single one of them. Dear Law School: I hate you.

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Happy Banned Book Week!

Amanda and Redneck Mother have some substantive posts that are both worth reading. My experience growing up was similar to theirs — my parents never censored what I read, as long as it was in book form (I wasn’t allowed … Continue reading

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Rejoice!

The Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners have been announced! The winner: Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body … Continue reading

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How Not To Pick Up Chicks

Approach them on the subway while they’re reading Lolita and announce, “Just call me Humbert.”

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Can I Have Mike Adams’ Job?

When a college professor is recommending these books for summer reading, you know you’ve got a problem (for the record, I’d be saying the same thing if he was recommending Stupid White Men and the DaVinci Code). For those attending … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry, Ladies, There’s Always a Plus to Being Past Your Sell-By Date

According to John Derbyshire, you’re a whole lot less likely to get raped — because who wants to rape an ugly old bag anyway? (That, coming from this). Some of the most vituperative emails I have ever got came in … Continue reading

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Mark Twain’s Hawaii

Hunh. I never knew that Mark Twain had visited Hawaii, much less wrote about it. This article, a travel piece, offers some excerpts of Twain’s 1866 letters from the Sandwich Islands, at a time when whaling ships visited the islands, … Continue reading

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The Best American Fiction of the Past 25 Years

Congrats to Beloved. It is, indeed, an amazing book, and well-deserving of this prize. I’m also glad to see that the runners-up and other nominees included three books by Don Delillo (including my favorite, White Noise), American Pastoral, and A … Continue reading

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80s Flashback

We’re still arguing about Salman Rushie? Really? This news is a few days old, but for those who haven’t heard, Rushdie is scheduled to speak at Nova Southeastern University and some students are upset because Rushdie “blasphemes” Islam in The … Continue reading

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Rox reminds me that it’s national poetry month, and posts one of my favorite Anne Sexton poems. If I can find the mp3 of Sexton reading it, I’ll try and post that as well. Below the fold, a few of … Continue reading

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Octavia Butler Dies at 58

Truly tragic. She was one of the first and most prominent African American science fiction writers. “She is a world-class science fiction writer in her own right,” Jewell said. “She was one of the first and one of the best … Continue reading

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Categorizing Race in the Bookstore

Jeff has an interesting post up about how bookstores tend to place any book written by an African-American author in the “African-American interest” section, even if the book has nothing to do with race or identity at all. And remarkably, … Continue reading

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