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Indexing: Chapbooks, Lynne Tillman, more Sheila Heti, Jessica Hopper gets Didion-esque, Ann Patchett, and more

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Indexing: A Canadian copy of Sheila Heti, Punk Planet, Tournament of Books, Adam Wilson, NYRB Classics, and more

Punk Planet 1

Jason Diamond

Bought a bunch of stuff from Quimby’s in Chicago recently, including a copy of Punk Planet #1 from 1994.  I’d actually sent a guy I’d met in an AOL chatroom five dollars by mail in 1997, hoping he would fulfill his promise of sending me that first issue.  I’d been collecting issues of the magazine since somewhere around 1996, and needed the first one to be totally up to date.

He never sent it to me.  His screen name (NationXStates) disappeared, and until a week ago, I never attained issue #1.   Continue reading

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Indexing: Bradbury signs, Gang Gang Dance DJs, Jo Walton’s “Among Others,” Johnny after The Smiths, and much more

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Tobias Carroll

“She was looking at a record called Anarchy in the U.K. by a group called the Sex Pistols. It was a very ugly cover, but I am quite interested in anarchism because of The Dispossessed.” That’s from Jo Walton’s Among Others, a novel set in 1979 about a young woman named Morwenna attending an English boarding school. She reads voraciously; she expounds at length on the science fiction and fantasy that she’s encountering, and this has the side effect of making me want to revisit the Roger Zelazny and Anne McCaffrey novels that I read in my teens. (It also convinced me to pick up the snazzy new reissue of Alan Garner’s Red Shift.) But it isn’t just a celebration of reading: there’s a story here involving her long-separated parents, each of whom is damaged in their own way; there’s the story of Morwenna coming to terms with the death of her twin sister; there’s the story of how Morwenna seeks out a community. And there’s low-key magic running throughout, sometimes at the fringes, sometimes at the center of everything. It’s a subtle and sometimes — oftentimes — wrenching book, and reading it is an incredibly rewarding experience. Continue reading

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Indexing: Books with numbers, back to “Treasure Island!!!,” a Joy Williams quest, Nathan Englander, Norman Lock, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and much more

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Jen Vafdis

I read Joy Williams’ Honored Guest for the first of probably a few times this week. Some stories I loved unconditionally, others might reveal themselves to me later. You know how it is when one character jumps out at you in a story, and you immediately cast the role of that character in your mind? Perhaps other Joy Williams fans will agree, maybe not, but I think James Urbaniak (of Venture Brothers, internet, and general “oh I love that guy” fame) would be an excellent Rockford the librarian in the film or television adaptation of “Claro.” You know, the one where the convalescing couple is living abroad and their hired help may or may not be swindling them out of money? There’s a librarian in it, and James Urbaniak would kill it. Continue reading

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Indexing: How much Wodehouse can you take(?), Cannery Row, Lispector, L.A. Review of Books podcast, and much more

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Tobias Carroll

We’ve got two weeks of reading here. This….might take a while. Though it’s a strange cosmic joke that I made my way through the 850-page novel on the list to follow faster than nearly everything else on it. Continue reading

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Indexing: Lynd Ward, Eileen Myles, re-watching It’s a Wonderful Life, Best Music Writing, and much more

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Tobias Carroll
With an eye towards increasing my tally of nonfiction consumed in 2011, I read Peter Hessler’s River Town. (Much like Jason last week, I must tip my hat in the direction of the Bookavore-originating recommendation.) I found it to be a fascinating account of a small city in China, wedding a candid account of his time there as a teacher with passages that give a deeper history of the region and nation around him. A few days after reading it, I opened the latest issue of The New Yorker to find Hessler reporting from Egypt. Serendipity! Or something like it. Continue reading

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Indexing: Hodgman & Balzac, NYRB Classics, William Faulkner disciples, Walton Ford, Martin Amis, and more

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Jason Diamond

I went to Walton Ford’s opening at the Paul Kasmin Gallery a month or so ago, and became pretty obsessed with his work.  I guess I’m including this because the exhibition closes on December 23rd, and if you’re in New York, I want you all to see it. Continue reading

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