A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.
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A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.

We’re well into 2014, but perhaps you still have some of last year’s reading left. Stop and do not pass Go until you catch up with this one. “The best book you’ll read this year,” that 2013 New York Times Magazine assumption in search of rebuttal, introduces George Saunders’ Tenth of Dec.  So….anyhoo, let’s get … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine

The Owl & Turtle Bookshop is a pleasure to visit, and we encourage you to drive to beautiful Camden, Maine, and go there as soon as possible. Camden is a bit of a tourist destination, so there’s a nice selection of restaurants, shops, and accommodations, but it’s not crowded: you can find parking if you drive, … Continue reading »

“Old People are a Problem” – How Emyr Humphreys, Sebastian Barry, & Other Authors Write About the Old
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“Old People are a Problem” – How Emyr Humphreys, Sebastian Barry, & Other Authors Write About the Old

Let’s look at some works about old people, by authors who won’t make you snooze off in your chair. In honor of the Hay Festival, the Library of Wales is offering free stories from Volumes I and II of Story, the Library’s anthology of the finest Welsh short fiction, during the month of May. We’re … Continue reading »

Übermütig:  Sabine Heinlein’s “The Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit”
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Übermütig: Sabine Heinlein’s “The Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit”

We discovered Sabine Heinlein‘s “The Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit”  in the  2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII- Best of the Small Presses. It was originally published in the venerable Iowa Review. Here is an excerpt: “Unlike rabbits, the stereotypical German is stationary, predictable, and consistent. She plans ahead, stays close to home, and doesn’t … Continue reading »

Photography & Pollen Counting in Iceland
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Photography & Pollen Counting in Iceland

  Alëx Elliott reports in the Iceland Review that pollen counting is underway in Garðabær, near Reykjavík, and in Akureyri. But you should visit Iceland Review’s beautiful Photo Gallery, by the photographers at Heimur hf, the publishing house behind Iceland Review.  Here’s an interesting ebook, Memoirs of an Icelandic Bookworm.  Author Jona E. Hammer translates Icelandic … Continue reading »

The Two Faces of Google
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The Two Faces of Google

We’ve read two books, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and Dave Eggers’ The Circle,  and they do make interesting companions. Clay Jannon, a capable but down-on-his-luck web designer, responds to a HELP WANTED sign in a window: Late Shift Specific Requirements Good Benefits  “I was pretty sure “24-hour bookstore” was a euphemism for something. It … Continue reading »