Archive for June, 2006

Sweet Home Chicago

Sweet Home Chicago

After an entertaining, edifying – and sometimes sobering – trip to New Orleans, I’m back in Chicago. I’d love to spend the morning writing down my impressions of the difficulties facing the Big Easy, but today is my last day in the office before twelve weeks of family leave and I’m trying not to panic. […]

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Live, from New Orleans

Live, from New Orleans

Well, here I am in New Orleans. Excuse me: N’awlins. I had thought that I might provide you all (excuse me: y’all) with daily updates of the doings (doin’s) surrounding the glamorous ALA Annual Conference, and yet…well…who wants to read about me having dinner, or standing in a booth, demonstrating Booklist Online? (In fact, if […]

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Five Minutes a Day

Five Minutes a Day

I spent so long reading Richard Powers’ The Echo Maker that I’ve gotten a little bit behind in my reading. True, we’re in the middle of what we call a “long writing period” – extra time built into the production schedule in order to accommodate events like ALA’s Annual Conference – and so my next […]

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An Egregious Oversight

An Egregious Oversight

When I listed all the great programs my colleagues will be organizing and participating in, I left off the Reference Books Bulletin program, “We’ve Got Issues: Market Trends in Publishing and Their Effects on Reference Collections.” This is a particularly egregious oversight: I started my career at Booklist working for Mary Ellen Quinn in Reference […]

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Props to My Homies-I Mean, Colleagues

Props to My Homies-I Mean, Colleagues

As I mentioned last week, we’re all busily preparing to go to the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans at the end of this week. In general, this blog is of course in the “just one man’s opinion” category – my thoughts, feelings, experiences, and far-fetched conspiracy theories about book reviewing. But I […]

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I’m Not Worthy! I’m Not Worthy!

I’m Not Worthy! I’m Not Worthy!

As a book reviewer, I write my reviews with what I hope is a voice of authority. Not because I’m always certain that my opinion is the one the whole world should share (I feel that way maybe every other review), but because, having formed my opinion, I won’t be doing anyone any favors by […]

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True Confessions

True Confessions

STATELY, PLUMP BUCK MULLIGAN CAME FROM THE STAIRHEAD, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: “Thank God it’s Friday!” Surely that’s some kind of heresy. Anyway, happy […]

Googling Shakespeare

Googling Shakespeare

I have of late – but wherefore I know not – forgotten the words to my favorite soliloquies…and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that I find I must Google Shakespeare. (On another note: I wonder when the word “Google” will finally stop sounding like the perfect verb for naughty double entendres? When […]

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Okay, I’ll Say It

Okay, I’ll Say It

Yesterday, a Reuters article discussed the growing number of U.S. senators with authorial ambitions. A cynic might say that writing books while in office isn’t the best use of public servants’ time. A bigger cynic might suggest that the senators aren’t doing much of the writing, anyway. And an even bigger cynic…oh, never mind. Loyal […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Rush a Good Read

Why You Shouldn’t Rush a Good Read

I’m still reading Richard Powers’ The Echo Maker. If you think I’m reading more slowly than usual, you’re right. Literary fiction takes longer to read than crime novels or books about blogging – and with books of exceptional depth and complexity, it’s especially important not to experience them at a run. One risks not noticing, […]

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