Archive for July, 2006

Typograpical Erors

Typograpical Erors

I’d been meaning for some time to write about one of the more pedestrian problems of reviewing from uncorrected proofs when I came across this sentence: He stopped to tie his hoot, then continued, quickening his step, peering around comers before crossing intersections.  It’s from City of God, by Paulo Lins, which has perhaps the […]

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Picture This: A-Rod an Author

Picture This: A-Rod an Author

Publishers Weekly reports that HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish a picture book by clutch-slipping Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez. Called It’s Not Nice to Boo Underperforming Superstars, it will provide young baseball fans with an important lesson in exercising tolerance and good manners, especially when visiting Yankee Stadium. Just kidding. Actually, it will be called Out […]

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Forthcoming Titles

Forthcoming Titles

We’re going to be redesigning the blog soon. It should look basically the same, but will have a few features (including month-by-month archives) that it doesn’t have right now. Another feature I think I’d like to add is a regularly updated list of the books I’m reviewing. At the moment, the pile looks like this: […]

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Of Mastery and Masterpieces

Of Mastery and Masterpieces

Rereading what I wrote on Wednesday, it seems to me that, despite my attempt at breezy and ironic humor, I do in fact sound like a you-kids-get-off-my-lawn fogey. Memo to myself: don’t reread old blog posts. This morning I filed my reviews for Anthony Swofford’s Exit A and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I read the […]

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Aloha to Youth

Aloha to Youth

As I write this, the Chicago Park District is hosting a luau for little kids in the park across the street from my apartment. It’s not that I don’t love the song “Wipeout.” And I’d be the last person to argue that the song’s already considerable charms aren’t enhanced by the sound of a dozen […]

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Swofford Takes Right Turn at Exit A

Swofford Takes Right Turn at Exit A

As you may have heard, it’s hot in Chicago. Actually, looking at the weather map of the whole country, it’s all shades of brown and beige, as if it’s covered by sand dunes. I’m typing this slowly to conserve energy. I finished Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead last Friday, and over the weekend I read about half […]

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The Experience of War

The Experience of War

I’m nearing the end of Jarhead. Operation Desert Storm has finally started but the men are still waiting to go into combat. The waiting reminds me, in a way, of the waiting in trench warfare, like All Quiet on the Western Front, except that, in today’s wars, the enemy is not waiting just a few […]

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Jarheads and Junkies

Jarheads and Junkies

I stayed up far too late last night reading Jarhead. I think part of the reason I’m so absorbed in it is that I’m not reviewing it. When I’m reviewing a book, I rarely surrender entirely to the writing – there’s always a part of me that stands back, taking notes and thinking about how […]

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Background Research

Background Research

Well, I got my reviews filed on time last Thursday (there were six in all-I forgot to mention The Science of Parenting, by Margot Sunderland). I haven’t read all that much since then. No matter how much I love reading, the rush to finish books in time for deadline often leaves me with a craving […]

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Bookstore Receipt of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Bookstore Receipt of a Stay-at-Home Dad

My purchases yesterday: Jarhead, by Anthony Swofford Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss (Both excellent for reading aloud.)

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