Archive for April, 2010

Apr 26 2010

Total War

Published by under Bestsellers,News

What can one say or write — coherently, meaningfully — about war? Combat itself will only ever be understood truly by those who have experienced it; the rest of us are in the dark, making more or less educated guesses about something totally beyond the scope of any normal human undertaking. But, war always fascinates […]

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Apr 24 2010


Professor John Jennings  of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been generous enough to grace our walls with his art . . . and grant us an interview.  Along with Damian Duffy, he is the author of the blog and book Black Comix: African American Independent Comics and Culture which will be in store in […]

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Apr 20 2010

Only a Northern Song

Published by under Current Read

                                       If you’ve known me for longer than five minutes you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Seamus Heaney. (He’s that poetry-writing Irish gentleman who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.) Right now we’re pleased to be offering a pair of older Heaney titles we’ve not stocked before. First up […]

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Apr 20 2010

Celebrities !!2!

Published by under Lou Life,Misc.,Subby Love

Congratulations to recently published Subterranean customers James Archer and Sheena Cook! Mr. Arthur has a book of poetry coming out from Copper Canyon Press. It’s called Charms Against Lightning. Check out one of his poems from the New Yorker. Ms. Cook had a piece selected for publication by the Potomac Review of Montgomery College, Maryland. […]

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Apr 15 2010

Stalk Home

Published by under Bestsellers,Current Read

We’ve noticed here at Subterranean that Scandinavian mystery writers have a huge following. The couple Maj Sjöwall and Per Fredrik Wahlöö started this trend in the 1960’s with their Martin Beck detective novel series. A great short article in the Economist follows Nordic mystery writers from  Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s day to Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Series […]

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Apr 14 2010

Coal in the Midwest

Published by under Current Read,Lou Life

With the recent tragedy in West Virginia, coal mining has come to the forefront of the news again. But coal (and its attendant environmental costs and lethal hazards) isn’t just the business of Appalachia; just over the state line, Southern Illinois has had a busy coal industry for years. Jeff Biggers is a native of […]

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Apr 08 2010


Published by under Current Read

Anyone who knows me knows I love celebrities . . . it’s my inner Japanese tourist. (On my recent trip to a downtown LA Starbucks I met Santino Rice of Project Runway fame and of lesser known but equally important St. Charles fame. He said he used to love hanging out in the Loop btw). […]

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Apr 06 2010

Michael Cox’s Ripping Yarn

Every once in a blue moon I get the hankering for something uncomplicated and fast-moving. A good pageturner. This winter, during January’s long sunless stretch, I picked up Michael Cox’s The Meaning of Night (W.W. Norton, $14.95). I liked the jacket design, I like nearly everything the publisher releases, and it was English. Very English. […]

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Apr 04 2010

Holiday Hours

Published by under Misc.

We’re closed Sunday, April 4. (But the online store is always open.)

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