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Entries from Mar 2008

Emma Bull: War for the Oaks

06 Mar 2008 · 2 Comments

Publishing cycles are strange things. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy burbled merrily along as a cult favorite for years, gradually picked up steam, and eventually became an unprecedented publishing phenomenon, and — as writers and publishers alike realized there was more money to be raked from the Tolkien-reading hordes — the template for a [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · w-title

Colson Whitehead: Apex Hides the Hurt

02 Mar 2008 · No Comments

Apex Hides the Hurt is a slippery little book. On its surface, it’s the story of a nomenclature consultant — tellingly, he himself goes un-named — who is summoned to a small town to break the unlikely deadlock of its triumvirate City Council: the young (white) technology tycoon in the Gates/Bezos mold wants to rechristen [...]

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Tags: fiction · w-author

Louise Wener: Goodnight Steve McQueen

01 Mar 2008 · No Comments

If Wener’s name seems familiar other than as a novelist, it’s probably because she led the 90’s britpop outfit Sleeper. I’m generally skeptical of songwriter-to-prose-slinger transitions — the skillsets involved have little overlap, it seems to me. But Wener’s songs often had such a strong narrative sense that they were almost short-story like, and my [...]

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Tags: alphabetical-author · fiction · g-title · w-author