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The Wheel of Karma
By April 17, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

The Wheel of Karma

A post yesterday on Galleycat, about a bookstore‘s cancellation of Jayanti Tamm’s first public reading from Cartwheels in a Sari, made me think of a similar memoir, Kyria Abrahams’ I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed, which made me think of Kevin Roose’s The Unlikely Disciple–which, as luck would have it, was the subject of another recent Galleycat post. Coincidence–or […]

Everything's Coming Up Apocalypse

Everything's Coming Up Apocalypse

Now this is smart: a used books merchant doing read-alikes. A while ago, I got an e-mail from AbeBooks touting their “End of the World Literature – Post-Apocalyptic Fiction” list. While it includes many titles that I included on my “Core Collection: Before and after The Road,” there are titles that I either missed or […]

A Book List for Readers Who Are Serious about Not Being Depressed
By February 18, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

A Book List for Readers Who Are Serious about Not Being Depressed

An update from Marianne Goss, who reports that there are now more than 100 novels listed on her site, Positively Good Reads, “An upbeat reading list for people who often find serious novels depressing.” Some readers may remember my original post, “How about a downbeat reading list for people who find comic novels amusing?” in which […]

More Books–both Good and Bad–for Bad Times
By October 30, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

More Books–both Good and Bad–for Bad Times

Speaking of good books for bad times, Gawker looks at authors’ stock-market speculations–speculative fiction, to be more precise–asking, “What have our finest authors found to redeem us from this depression?” Speculative fiction often refrains from defining the terms of an economic collapse, but it’s always forced to either solve the problem or make things considerably worse […]

Travel Guides for Armchair Reading
By August 6, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Travel Guides for Armchair Reading

On Slate, Paul Collins (Sixpence House, 2003) has put together an absolutely irresistible list: The 10 Oddest Travel Guides Ever Published. To wit: 7. Lonely Planet Guide to Micronations, by John Ryan et al. (2006) This may be the only Lonely Planet guide in which armchair travel is probably assumed—for the countries themselves are about […]

Booze and Books

Booze and Books

I received this link from a number of sources–Book Club Girl‘s Bastille Day pairing of books and French wine–but I kept deleting it. The commercial tie-in turned me off, for starters, and the list just didn’t seem that great, either. The Count of Monte Cristo? Mon dieux! Then the ever-watchful George Eberhart sent the list to me, […]

How about a Downbeat Reading List for People Who Find Comic Novels Amusing?

How about a Downbeat Reading List for People Who Find Comic Novels Amusing?

I received an e-mail yesterday from Marianne Goss, who wants to promote her site, www.positivelygoodreads.com, “an upbeat reading list for people who often find serious novels depressing”. In the event that there are a lot of like-minded readers out there, I’m happy to share the link. But as someone who thrives on darkness and despair, I don’t think […]

Famous and Possessive: A Core List

Famous and Possessive: A Core List

Inspired by the excruciating ruminations of Lisa Chellman, I finally started a list I’ve been meaning to make for a long time. I think you’ll quickly discern the theme: Audubon’s Elephant, by Duff Hart-Davis (2004) Caesar’s Column, by Ignatius Donnelly and Walter Rideout (1960) Cleopatra’s Nose, by Daniel J. Boorstin (1994) Cleopatra’s Nose, by Judith Thurman (2007) […]

Apocalypse Now and Then
By April 15, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Apocalypse Now and Then

I didn’t post yesterday because I was busy working on something for Booklist‘s May 15 Spotlight on SF/Fantasy–a core collection of apocalyptic fiction that preceded The Road. Whew! I may as well have chosen SF that involves space travel, or fantasy that features scaly beasts. I’m exaggerating, of course, but (and I’m quoting myself in advance […]

The Case of Cain v. Abel

The Case of Cain v. Abel

According to recent polls by Harris Interactive, Americans’ favorite genre is crime fiction and their favorite book is the Bible. I’m sure Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007) could make a one-liner out of that, but I’ll just posit my suspicion that not everyone who picked the Bible has read it cover to cover. Here’s the […]