Archive for January, 2008

Jan 30 2008

On the Pleasures of Rereading

Published by under Current Read,Subby Love

I find one of the great joys in life to be rereading books. This is both strategic (now how did that novel end?) and enlightening (how did I miss that before?). I try to fit in a previously read work every second or third book in my reading life. Recently, between reading the first volume […]

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Jan 26 2008

I’ve Read

Published by under Current Read

The Jewish Messiah by Arnon Grunberg (Penguin, $27.95, fiction).  Pure farce.  And absurdity.  If you like outrageous situations you will *love* this book.  It’s the story of Xavier Radek, grandson of an SS member who sets out to become “the comforter of the Jews”.  It has an especially compelling description of a botched circumcision (that […]

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Jan 23 2008

The Hangover Window

Published by under Misc.

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Jan 19 2008

I’ve Read

Published by under Current Read

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano (FSG, $27.00, fiction).  One of the NY Times’ “Best 10 Books of 2007”; it is a really weird book.  Until about halfway through I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not.  But then, it just sneaks up on you and every night I couldn’t wait to get back […]

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Jan 06 2008

Wow, Thurston Moore has pull

Published by under Misc.

The New York Times ran a story on Abby Banks’ Punk House book, the one we had the event at Lemmons for a few months back with our buddies from Fifi’s and Apop.  We still have a few copies left if your interest is piqued (*corrected).

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Jan 04 2008

the thought behind the letters behind the words

Published by under Subby Love

  I’d never given much thought to typeface. It’s just there, like air, water, or corrupt politicians. Then I heard an interesting piece a couple of months ago on Studio 360 about a documentary called Helvetica that is (shockingly) about the Swiss Modernist typeface of the same name. I finally got a chance to watch […]

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Jan 04 2008

Best of the Best

Published by under Bestsellers

2007’s Bestsellers (click here if you’d like to see the list broken into fiction and nonfiction)   Rowling : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Vonnegut : Slaughterhouse-Five Warren : A Lifetime of Secrets Brooks : The Zombie Survival Guide Gorey : The Gashlycrumb Tinies   Banksy : Wall and Piece Pollan : The Omnivore’s […]

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Jan 04 2008

The Final Push

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December’s Bestsellers were… Buchanan and Peskowitz : The Daring Book for Girls The Onion : Our Dumb World Colbert : I Am America (And So Can You!) Sedaris : Holidays on Ice Levitin : This is Your Brain on Music

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Jan 03 2008

Boys, Boys, Boys, uh, and then some more

Published by under Misc.,News,Subby Love

The position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature has been created and the first helmsman is Jon Scieszka of Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! fame.  He will travel, speak, and evangelize the need for reading, according to the NY Times.  The super interesting part of this is […]

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