Category Archives: Fiction

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville My rating: 4 of 5 stars I suspect that had I known a good deal more or a great deal less about Moby Dick before I began, my journey through the novel would have been less … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mr Dickens!

There are, on this 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, some clear options when it comes to celebrating. Most of them involve reading. For reading today I pulled from my shelf Great Expectations, for the same reason I did some years … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “The Hobbit” Trailer

Color me skeptical. When Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trailer broke a week or two ago amid emails and facebook posts of breathless excitement, rife with exclamation marks and omgomgomgs, I muttered a “bah, humbug.”* When Jackson’s adaptation of Fellowship of … Continue reading

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Three Minute Fiction: Congratulations Chris Westberg!

The winner of Round Seven of Three Minute Fiction was announced this evening. Three Minute Fiction is that occasional writing contest run by NPR, the name derived from its principle challenge: write an original piece of fiction that can be … Continue reading

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The Lost Coast, by Barry Eisler

The Lost Coast, Barry Eisler Amazon Digital Services, 2011. 237 KB. I hadn’t heard of Barry Eisler until last week when he showed up in the news. He’d ruffled some print media execs’ feathers by signing an ebook contract with Amazon … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon. Vintage, 2004. 226 pages. I read this back in the spring, but found myself strongly reminded of it when, a little over a week ago, read the following story … Continue reading

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“I strongly advise people not to read literature in translation.”

The above is a comment by Jay Rubin, best known for his translations of Haruki Murakami. Here he is being interviewed for a New Yorker podcast. The problem of the untranslatable looms large in my mind, especially as my literary … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock in Verse

Peter Swanson is a poet with an ambitious project: A sonnet for each of Alfred Hitchcock’s feature films. I love Hitchcock, I love poetry. This is great, you guys. Now I don’t know what he’s written so far, but I … Continue reading

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QOTD: Bibliophilia and Our Sinking Funds

“He has no secret vices, but he is totally abandoned in the way he buys book after book, never to read a single one. I wouldn’t mind if he used his head and bought in moderation, but no. Whenever the … Continue reading

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Hunting Harry Potter’s Heir

(You guys like alliterations? I’m pretty ambivalent on alliterations outside of Dr Seuss books, but I do like forcing them into post titles.) Publishers and booksellers are scrambling to find the next blockbuster book (or, preferably, book series).  Hollywood studios … Continue reading

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