At least they
admitted it... (login: bookninja, password: waaaaa) (discuss)
Wow. Just Wow.
I don't for a second approve of the tone and language in this
article (it sounds like it was written for the NYPost or the Toronto
Sun...ew), but it does raise
some interesting issues and it's vaguely book-related. (discuss)
You'd Think They're All Writers or Something
takes on Harold Bloom for taking on Stephen King. (discuss)
Peggy's Got to be Up for this Soon, No?
Syrian poet considered frontrunner
for Nobel. (discuss)
Here the Poets
Just Get Acquitted of Talent...
But in India... Sheesh! Now
that's drive, man. (discuss)
death marked around
the world. (discuss)
You're Not the Only One Compulsively Checking Your Amazon Rating
do it too. (discuss)
Never Mind Neal Pollack ...
I sometimes think, doesn't this stuff ever get old for some
people? Then I read a
satisfying review like this. Hey, you McWeeneies? Are you
This is the First
Mention of this I've Seen Since it Happened
in the "news." Anyone else seen anything? What's going on?
Borges on Canada
How the hell did I miss
this the first time around? (discuss)
Play the Borges Game!
recommended for children or those who beat the Rubik's
Cube by moving the stickers. (discuss)
It's not Christian
Slater in Pump Up
the Volume, but then, so
little is these days... (discuss)
The Great Gonzo will Now Eat a Rubber Tire to 'Flight of the
A nice piece on the man we love hating, Hunter
'In America Today, You Just Can't do Transgressive Fiction' Word,
A long disturbing interview
article on Palahniuk. (discuss)
This is News? Hell, They've Been Ensuring Children's Hatred of
Literature at least Since I was a Lad...
Pullman, author of The
Golden Compass (a fantastic book, btw), laments
the fate of literature in education. (discuss)
And the Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
world's best writer working in English. That's
Well, Maybe it just Needs a Make-Over, a New Name like Deathesis
or Destructoposit or Anahilatheory ... or ... Something
essay' a dead form? (discuss)
Bitch, Bitch, Bitch!
The slow, possible rebirth
of the feminist bookstore. On Bitch. (discuss)
And Here Come the Boots...
Madonna gets what's
coming to her. (discuss)
Buffy (TVS) and Lawrence (D.H.), Blood Relatives
This may be stretching
Was Tagore a Bourgeois Poet?
says Buddha. (discuss)
Whereas Bowering Gets a Can of Maple Syrup and a Side of Elk
Andrew Motion, poet/boozehound.
Shocker! Extra! Non-sanctioned
author on list! Alert! Alert! Danger
Will Robinson! (discuss)
There Once was a Man from Lubbock...
the poet? Is nothing sacred? C'mon, do you think maybe Ari wrote
it? There are a few three syllable words in it. (discuss)
Tributes to Plimpton
The great man gets the fête treatment by people as diverse as
football fullbacks, boxing trainers, and a few writer types. (discuss)
Did Kafka Write Winnie the Pooh?
I love it when we make
fun of academics. Mostly because I'm not one... (discuss)
Can't We All Just Get Along?
150 word review the
centre of a feud. Maybe it was the insult of a mere 150 words
being called criticism that started this whole mess... (discuss)
Sounds like Free Science Creds for Fratboys
Except that they still have to be functionally literate... hmmm,
how can they run for president one day if we can't find
a way to pass them? (discuss)
Words Without Borders
These people have an
ambitious goal: translating the best international writing into
You Should See the Mail We Get
All things considered, I'm surprised nutbars
are ever seen on the streets these days. The internet is so
The Fat Slob I Love
Michael Moore. Read
a nice, fat excerpt. (discuss)
It Seems Some
Americans Can Turn Anything into a Violent Rumble
Apparently the real
value of the NYT bestseller lists (login: bookninja, password:
waaaa) is in the bloodshed. (discuss)
Bellow's Early Novels
And with Bellow, early means Eeeaarrrlllyyyy...
Augie March is 50 years old this year. Saul, much older. (discuss)
Indexer, Second Only to Bibliographer in the Race for Last Place
with the Opposite Sex
Copy Editor is in
at a close third, Pete. (discuss)
Poetry Readings: Putting the Fun Back in ... the Box
Tom Henihan sounds off on what
kind of readings should be allowed. (discuss)
File This Under: What Ever Happened To...?
O'Hara - Curmudgeon, Writer. (discuss)
When Do You Think He First Titled This Millennium People?
My bet is sometime
in the late 90's. (discuss)
Ever Been Plagued with the Question, What are They Reading in
Houston Right Now...?
to your itch being scratched. (discuss)
Should I Even Post an Article that Begins with "Yeats was a
Coetzee on Gordimer
That's not quite what
I was trying to say, but... (Hey, does anyone want to start a
petition to force the New York
Review of Books to change it's name to the "New York Review
of American Foreign Policy?") (discuss)
I, For One, Know I'll Be Able to Condense My Life into One
Evening When I Read at Skydome... "One Day I Was in Bradford,
ON and Then I Left and Got a Life. Some of My Friends Didn't Make
Maya Angelou finds
it difficult to get it all in. (discuss)
Austere and Effete?
Goldbarth profiled. (Is it just me or does the headline make no
I Won't Say I Told
You So, but ... Woop! Woop! All Hands Prepare to Abandon Ship!
Walrus editor starts things off in New York on the right ... no
wrong ... no left, no ... um ... foot, in mouth ... um ...
something. Gimme another drink. There are just certain things you
can't buy, and class is one of them. (P.S. I told you so.) (discuss)
Use Me, Baby
books are big business. (discuss)
If It's Not Scottish...
state of independent presses in Scotland. (discuss)
More on Moore's Mores
boorish fat guy. (discuss)
They Really Like Football There...
English are at it again. (discuss)
The First Nail in the Coffin of Your Career
This strikes me as the
equivalent of Walt Disney releasing a line of inspirational poetry.
A Howl and Whine,
I'm After You... Sweet Merciful Crap!
LeBon has a book club. Yes, take a minute to rub your eyes in
disbelief ... again ... it's still true. (discuss)
No One Can Tell You What the Rock Is... You Have to See It for
Apparently if you take the
blue pill you freeze to death on a windswept shore... The red
pill tastes like brandy! (discuss)
10,000 New Words? My Jaw Hurts!
Be glad we aren't German or you would have Backtroublegrantingdict-
ionarythickness to teach your preschooler. (discuss)
When the Interviewer is as Good as a Soulless Machine and the
Poet is Still Kind of Dreamy...
Kalytiak Davis makes the best of a crappy interview. (discuss)
A Beat's-eye View of ... Other Dirty Beats
Ginsberg is still
producing, and more than just methane! (discuss)
The End is Nigh
This article has an oddly truncated feel, and kind of seems out
of nowhere, but it does deal with a very important book. Plus, I
like the word "nigh" and wanted to use it. (discuss)
The Walrus: An
7.8-density, steel-girdered, mirror-windowed lack of wit, mirth,
imagination and editorial sense." (discuss)
You Know, I Miss Stuff Like This is Because as a
"Newspaper," eye is So Terribly Unreliable and
Trashy that I Usually Skip Everything but Sasha's Column...
That said, more
on Leah. By Sasha. (discuss)
45% of Americans Think the Media is Too Liberal...
And the other 67% just think
them willfully stupid. (discuss)
The Internet, your
mainline to success as a writer, and your window
to getting canned! (discuss)
A Brief History of the Soft Skull (nb: not about hangovers)
Once upon a
time there was a crooked book cooker... (discuss)
Now You Can Read Along with the World's Hippies!
Forget bathing! Now is the time
to read! (discuss)
Compared to Some of the Other Poetry I've Stumbled Across on the
Web, This is Pretty Damn Good...!
Boring is so dreamy... (discuss)
Preying on the
Weak and Infirm
What's going on??? There's trouble
a-brewing in Banff, where we store our artists and ski bunnies
in hot tubs and cryogenic beer fridges. And this time it doesn't
involve Susan Musgrave or Stephen Reid...! (thanks to tipster
and regular reader M. Bryson)
More Action Figures
Pearl rules the libraries of Seattle (login: bookninja, password:
Colour Me Badd Must Be Rolling in Their Mass Grave
up" makes the Oxford. Damn
you Tony Blair. (discuss)
Chewing the Blubber, Frothing at the Gold-plated Tusks
Eye magazine's last four or five readers all apparently
felt it necessary to defend five million dollar magazine The
Walrus. (The funniest part is when the doily-fodder-LRC publisher
writes in to complain that his
mag got unfairly stepped on in the fracas - but he comes off
like that one kid in the playground who's always going on about how
his mother says he's the handsomest guy in school...) (discuss)
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight! Sclemeel!
Schlemazel! Hasenfeffer Incorporated.
Niedecker, old Milwaukee poet. (discuss)
Expat Lawson Wins Amazon/BiC
comment not available. (discuss)
How to Make Billy Collins Your Enemy in One Simple Step ...
Best him at his
own game. Poetry.
Do You Have a
Highly-Literate Tween, or Tween-in-Waiting?
The you gotta see this
page, Bookworm. (discuss)
Special Turkey Day Issue!
I, For Instance,
Write Prairie Girl and Mother Stories as Elderly Prague-based Expat
But I would really like
to write action novels as 'Storm Stryker.' Or horror novels as
'Richard Bachman.' (discuss)
All of Our Impact Summed Up in One Job Description...
"Each of the
finalists hopes to hold the honorary title, which lacks a salary and
any real authority." (discuss)
Novelist Convicted of Murder
Peterson gets the
B-b-b-bad to the Bone...
An anthology of bad
poetry... hmm. Was it from Blackmoss, Oberon, or Fitzhenry and
100 Best Novels without Darbyshire? What Devilry is This?
good he should be at zero or, like, negative one. G (discuss)
Wait a gosh-darn minute! As
a taxpayer, I didn't want a legal thriller! I specifically
requested a quiet, first-generation- Canadian coming-of-age tale
involving a young girl and her Korean grandmother! (discuss)
You Know What They Say: One Bush in the Xanax is Worth Two Books
on the Husband's Coke Habit... or Something...
Ah, Lady Bush, sweet maiden of the twit, your mouth is always open
like a book. And I have paper
cuts everywhere. I long for the days of hating Tipper
Gore and her war against Judas
Priest. (Hey, do these links mean I go on some kind of CIA
malcontent list? Cool. If I disappear, you know what happened to
I Met This Old Fella in New York and Thought He was Terrific, if
Slightly ... You Know.
But I'm glad to see he's finally
getting his due (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) after years
of being ignored. (discuss)
Interview with the
Vampire Guy Who Wrote that Book, You Know, the One with the Magician
and the Scorpion Tattoo... Or Something Like That...
Neil Gaiman nears the
end of his patience. (discuss)
Juicy Bit On ConMan Booker Contestant
DBC Pierre reveals a somewhat chequered
past. Well, not somewhat so much as totally
I Had an Idea for an Anthology of Embarrassing Reading Moments
(Drop Me a Line and I Might Tell You What Happened to Me in New York
- You Will Never Be Nervous about Your Own Readings Again) but These
Guys Got There First
Atwood's most embarrassing moments. Warning: bodily functions
involved. (Ding! Ding! I can hear you clicking from here.) (discuss)
Yes, Yes, My Precious, but the Gold, Man, Where's the Gold?!
studies. No, seriously. (discuss)
Nary a Week Should Go By Without a Story on Swinburne...
And his creepy
obsession with Sade. (discuss)
How Poems Work, Reloaded
can just see it - Don Coles and P.K. Page poems
caught in a Matrix-style "bullet-time"
sequence. (p.s. They're behind already. How long do you give this
one? Thanks to tipster Janine) (discuss)
Winner of the Booker
How Neatly Ironic that a Man with the Last Name 'Graves' Will Hit
the Big Screen Played by a former Zombie Killer
poet to be played by household name James
More Booker Bits
It seems there was some
friction on the prize
We Read Your Work With Great Interest, But.... You Suck
W. Bush gets a taste of life as a poet. Very funny. (discuss)
Doesn't This Strike You as Logically Akin to Having a Straight
Pride Day Parade?
for men and men only. Just like 20 years ago. (discuss)
The Illustrated Man(ic)
Drawing on a
deep knowledge of Ulysses. (discuss)
Tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz
poet, profiled. (discuss)
That's what happens when
things go to committee. Take heed WUC and LCP. (discuss)
Who'd of Guessed a Conman Capable of Turning On the Waterworks?
DBC Pierre knocks
em dead with good
old fashioned American melodrama.
(Somebody should write a rant on literary nutbars for us. I've had
my fair share lately...) (discuss)
Larkin Puts the Boots to Hughes and Plath in Brit Poetry
speaking... and even then I'm stretching
it to keep you interested. (discuss)
Let Not He Who is Not Without No Sin Not Cast the First
Are you guilty
of any of these? (discuss)
Stuff Like This Makes the Teenaged Boy in Me Drool
Who am I kidding. I'm wiping
my face now... (And a bonus
graphic novel bit found in the Internet's sub-subbasement.) (discuss)
"Once upon a time you tripped to find / do the buggy jive in
your prime -- idiot you!?"
Well, that's what I heard. Bob
Dylan, poet. (discuss)
Now We Just Have to Fix OUR Textbooks
The Saudis clean
You Know, My Initials are GGM Too
does that count for? As the French say: Nada.
A Secret to Buying By-the-Pound is to Break Off Any Stems and
Make Sure Your Choices Aren't Wet...
The people of Santa Cruz know how to make a
book feel special. (discuss)
Okay, One More...
Lane has a great review of "Sylvia"
in this week's New Yorker. (discuss)
Mostly They Like
the Bits with Killing
US Army goes from spear
shaking to Shakespeare. (discuss)
Dear George Bowering: "Invest in a thesaurus you Canadian
bastard, you monster, you fraud!"
Poets Against the War
last crack at publicity even as this guy grinds it into po-chuck.
Does Sylvia's Life Overshadow Her Poems?
is a contentious one (login: bookninja, password: waaaaa), so I
won't give it. (How's that for passive aggression?) (discuss)
I Don't Get It... (or, Write that Funky Lyric White Boy)
If everyone is so
def, how do they hear the poetry jam? Or is this about
Maybe I'm Just Too Old to Know What's "Def" or "Stoopid"
or "Bad" Anymore. For Instance, Michael Jackson: is He
No, I am DEFINITELY
too old. (discuss)
Alex Ross gets his day
in the sun, and deservedly so. (discuss)
Big, Bad Books
idea leads to a life of big denial (this article is on
Washington Post.com which, outrageously, wants you to fill out some
personal info before you get to the article. I usually don't link to
them because of this, but this is funny, and you can always lie. I,
for instance, am a 103 year old woman living in US zip code 20171.)
And After This, Protestants and Catholics Are Going to Stage a
200,000 Person Group Hug in Antrim
writers to visit Pakistan. (discuss)
In Case You'd
Forgotten About Yann Martel...
There's now Life
of Pi the movie! (Spoiler alert! The tiger to be voiced by
either Sterling Holloway or Paul Winchell...) (discuss)
Arr, Matey! Get Your Flea-Ridden Arse Down to the Hold and Make
Sure them Chests o' Books is Secure!
Africa apparently suffering from book
piracy plague. (discuss)
Judging From What I Think I Read in the Papers, I'm Clearly
Fidel Castro reviews Gabriel
Garcia Marquez. Yup, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez. (discuss)
Get Your Borges On
Here's your chance to buy an
original Borges manuscript, cheap! I'm holding out for his
reading glasses. Get it? (discuss)
Bush's Tentacle-man (aka, Ambassador) in Germany Snubs Sontag at
back in her speech, ruminating on the difference between America
and Europe. (discuss)
Oppen Your Eyes, George, and Take a Gander at that Forest...
Forrest Gander on George
Oppen. (I'm sorry. I really am.) (discuss)
Read Comics in Public!
On my first date ever, I asked the young woman if she liked
reading comics. And so my romantic life began. (discuss)
It's Not Quite Like Reading Esquire in Public
Eye Weekly defends
comics against the latest attack by Salon. (discuss)
What Ever Happened To...?
John Clare. (discuss)
Needs a Good Man!
Hey! There's plenty
of testosterone around here, Phil. Come write for us! (discuss)
I Love This Story
I remember reading
about this years ago and hoping one would come to me. I'm glad
I found out what happened. (discuss)
I love it that a civilized country can get riled about this
kind of stuff. In Canada we just fight about hockey players (see
story from August...) (discuss)
Olena! Olena? Where for Art Thou?
Our readers' favorite poet returns in a Washington
Post profile (remember, lie when they quiz you to access the
Speaking of Alaskan Poets
Ken Waldman might be
the nicest guy I've ever met. He's the Alaskan fiddling poet -- no,
he's actually good! -- and his
CD is the only one my son will listen to while playing. I put
it on and the kid's face breaks into a smile. That's a good, honest
Have we linked
to this before? Or just read it everywhere? (discuss)
Steel This Book
Steel (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) and her
"art" gallery. (discuss)
Ah, the Vancouver
Sun... Always in competition with it's Toronto counterpart for
Most Close-minded Paper Ever. (discuss)
Award Shortlists Announced
Articles in The
Globe, and even...
Phil...? Let me Speak to Sybil. I Want to Talk to Sybil....
Marchand and Marchand ruminate on the fall
book festival season. (discuss)
NEA in hot water for funding Shakespeare
initiative (login: bookninja, password: waaaa). (discuss)
The Wonderful World of Short Writers
And I don't
mean Peggy. (discuss)
A Time of Transition for Publishing?
of change blow cold. (discuss)
Seattle Bookfest in Trouble
Attendance and rainfall both
A Post-Structuralist Look at Structuralist Structuralism and the
Structures that Structure Structure
Equal Access to Books!
British report shows books for disable nearly unavailable. (discuss)
Um.... Hello? This is GOOD, right!?
Stephen King breaks
the news. (discuss)
Wakka Wakka, Have I Got a Book for You! Hey!
Shakespeare Company. (discuss)
Fight the Power!
911's a Joke!
Crosbie and Fawcett profiled as writers whose adversarial
relationship with the state sets them apart. (discuss)
"What Advice Would You Give to Inspiring Young
Someone once asked me that, no word of a lie. I said, "If
you're inspiring you don't need my advice." Interviewing
poets can be a dangerously boring thing. (discuss)
Z, if You Freakin Win the Griffin, I'll Personally Strangle You
Somebody get a shovel and put this guy out
of his misery. (discuss)
T.S. Eliot Prize Shortlist
like Billy Collins. (discuss)
Tower of Books Stolen!
When visiting pilgrims go
The Russians Invade Frankfurt!
Blah blah blah book
festival blah blah blah literature blah blah blah witty
And It's Back to
Gatenby in the Corner
Well, let's correct that - it's on to Geoffrey
Taylor on the blue line. (discuss)
Closing the Book on this Chapter in Publishing is a Binding
Decision that Covers All the Bases with ... Jackets ... and ...
Ok, I'm done. And so is Book
magazine (login: bookninja, password: waaaa). (discuss)
Yes, The Rumours Are True
Thomas Pynchon will be appearing on The
Simpsons. If you can't wait for the episode, why not read The
Crying of Lot 49 online. Or read scandalous details about his
personal life, as revealed in letters
to his agent. Bet you never knew he was named named "Exotic
Dancers Man of the Year in 1957". (discuss)
Is Coetzee the Voice of Africa? Africans Don't Think So
An interesting article on political
writing in Africa - many of the points could well be applied to
What Are You Waiting For?
National Novel Writing Month
is almost here! (When the hell is National Novel Finishing Month?) (discuss)
What's With All the Endowments for Lit Journals?
First Poetry Magazine, now
the Paris Review... when's someone going to pay the ninjas? (discuss)
And Then There's the Kids Book by Rex Murphy, How'd I Get So
Celebrities and their book
writing hobbies. (discuss)
Forget Fainting at
a Chuck Palahniuk Reading, I Want Some of That Autographed Fake
41 year-old Palahniuk wants
to reach 30. (Hey, is this an official outing, or did I miss
something earlier?) (discuss)
If After Searching Inside 120,000 Books I Still Have Found No
Reference to Bruno Gerussi...
What good is this
service then, anyway? (discuss)
"Angry Black Man"
Reed (login: Bookninja, password: waaaa) visits Jerusalem. (discuss)
The Lads: Good Riddance
Alex Good on Ladlit
and Spitfire. (discuss)
Wanna Know What's Happening
on the NYC Lit Scene?
Check out Book Circuit.
Oratrix and Crake
I know plenty of queer
poets. And I don't just mean those of alternative sexuality
And I Thought I Was Poor...
More on John Clare.
"First time you feel it, it might make you sad. Next time
you feel it, it might make you mad. But you'll be glad , baby when
you've found That's the power makes the world go 'round."
That's the power
of Booker love, Huey. (discuss)
The Death of
(Perhaps, but you can't kill the language of luuuuv, baby.)
There are over 5,000 languages around, but only about 120 in regular
usage, and English
is rapidly killing them all off. Is this a good thing? (discuss)
With This Tactic in Mind, Bookninja Would like to Announce that
[Insert writer here] Has Won the Wet Flaccid Fish Handshake for
Prowess in Schmoozing
Tom Tomorrow Doesn't Hate
But he does wish Bush wouldn't make
it so easy for him to write his cartoons. (discuss)
Look Out, Seattle, Here Come the Visigoths!
really likes Amazon's new search feature. As
does Slate. And if you like it too, you could win
a Segway! (Can they even give those deathtraps away?) (discuss)
"Artistic realism, then, cannot mean 'represents the world
as it is', but rather 'represents it in accordance with conventional
real-life modes of representing it'."
Eagleton reviews reality. (discuss)
More on Terry Eagleton
"Fiction is really the hardest thing to promote anyway"
Well, what about replacing
the fiction with poetry? We don't take up much room and eat very
For Canterbury Tales, Click Here
up on the Gutenberg e-bible's success. (discuss)
The Hatchet Man
Pro kneecapper Peck
profiled in the Times (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) (discuss)
Where Are All the Baby Roaches?
Zadie Smith asks
what we've all been to afraid to: where are Kafka's heirs? (discuss)
Zagajewski Takes Neustadt
Nice! I love them Pole
If You Can Survive Bankruptcy, Patriarchal Interference, the
Delegitimation of Feminism, AND a Firebombing, You Get a Party
Toronto Women's Bookstore celebrates
its cronehood. (discuss)
Are Canadians Any Better?
in translation (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) ain't what it
used to be? (discuss)
"Shrink and Crawl"
Can men write female
characters authentically? Vice versa? (Methinks there is a
diction problem here -- the author of this article used
"authentically" when she perhaps meant
"convincingly." Small point?) (discuss)
Bringhurst on the
literary flood. (note: not 'ick-lits, those are a different kind
of literary disaster...) (discuss)
God Bless the Queen
Philip Marchand says Atwood
is the best Canadian writer because of her use of narrative. He
admits there are other good writers, like Gallant and Munro, but
they write short stories, and we all know those aren't as important
as novels. (discuss)
You Mean You Can Actually Make Money Writing?
Caroline Adderson discusses the perils of a writer's life in the
and Mail. So why not move to America, where you can actually
make a living? (discuss)
I'll Believe It When I See It
A profile of the "book review" magazine, The
My People Take Their Unpronounceable Poets Damn Serious
Yes, there's some
Welsh in with the Scot and Irish. It's like a Celtic cocktail. (discuss)
The Pecking Order
Dale Peck complains about gay stereotypes, having no allies, and
the state of literature today, while also managing to call our
beloved compatriot Bookslut
(we poach off her all the time) "ditch-dirty
stupid." All in one long interview. (discuss)
The Scoop on Upcoming Celebrity Children's Books
You could just go on
and on with these, couldn't you? (discuss)
Is Quentin Tarantino the new James Joyce?
Flak mag compares
Kill Bill to Joyce's Ulysses. Of course! Who doesn't see the
Joe Sacco Says He's Not a Graphic Novelist
He's a comic
artist, dammit. (discuss)
Tell It to Yann Martel and All the Other Millionaires
Yeah, the Booker doesn't
really mean that much. (discuss)
Publico Press profiled. (discuss)
The Library Wal-Mart
Hal Niedzviecki weighs in on the importance
of libraries. (discuss)
Postmodernism is Dead
Long live critical
Indians Learn from the Teachings of Guru Ross
Stu, it's about time your cult-like
following branched out. (discuss)
Did you ever see that episode of The
Simpsons where Dustin Hoffman played the Cowboy
poet substitute teacher...? (trivia time - for the pink
piece of pie: how was Hoffman billed in the credits?) (discuss)
Court Rules Byline Strikes Acceptable
I still work for CanWest, so, uh, no
When My Last Book Appeared on the NYT Best Seller List, it was
with a Dagger, an Asterisk, a Pound Sign, an Exclamation, and an
Apostrophe. Essentially, it was Hagar the Horrible Swearing
Isn't it ironic to think that Moore could be bought
any way other than in "bulk?" (discuss)
Come on Baby Light My ... Uh ... Flame
New kids on the indy block, Flame
...And Out Back There's the Lesser Known Statue of Him Taking a
Leak Against the Kitchen Entrance...
frozen daiquiri? Some tough guy. He probably would have drank
Molson Dry too. (discuss)
Isn't It Easier to Get a
Job and Just Buy the Book?
People are finding ways to get
free books (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) using Amazon's
new search system. (discuss)
Speaking Of New Ways to Use Amazon
Six degrees of
The Long Suffering is Over
Beryl Graves dead
at 88. (discuss)
course you are. You're here, aren't you? Why not read Canterbury
Tales online. (discuss)
Oh. My. God. Ailsa? Can You Say "Xmas?"
It's here! It's here! So saucy! So smart! I
can feel my brain unshrivelling! (Remember to lie if a screen
comes up and asks you about yourself. Your motivation: you're a
grizzled Viet Nam vet who lives on social assistance, eats only
plain brown rice, and occasionally yells "Kelsey Gramer!"
for no reason.) (discuss)
The Globe's poorly
copyedited summation of the state of, for lack of an intelligent
word, "snark" in North America. (discuss)
The Sylvia Defense
Arguing on behalf of
In Case You're Counting, That's a Million Per
Does anyone have a razor I can borrow? I'm taking a bath.
(Apparently, she's named the left
one Simon and the up one Schuster.) (discuss)
Um, Isn't the Very Concept of "Forest-Friendly Books"
Logically Akin to, say, Water-Friendly Deserts?
Rowling and 13 other authors who don't matter enough to be named give
the rainforest a huggle. (discuss)
Feng Shui for Your Bookcase
The key to caring
for your books lies in resisting the urge to glue the pages
together and encase them in cement. (discuss)
And, Unfortunately, All We Get is His Mother's Voice Too...
article starts out with Pat Conroy, but it gets better, I swear.
Beer and Stamps and Books, Oh My!
of purchase marketing FINALLY does something for good society
instead of just making me fat on Clodhoppers. (discuss)
The Path to Success as a Poet
In India they do
things differently. (discuss)
"Kealoha Makes Poetry Cool"
make it kind of warm, like the gummy bear that's been in my
pocket since just after lunch. (discuss)
Brains for Zombies!
Drop and Give Me 14... Lines!
Just the other day I was talking to Stuart Ross about poetry
boot camps, and then I read this. (discuss)
It's Funny, Because in Please There is a Character Named
Pete Who is a Drug-addled, Semi-literate, Peg-legged Gardener with a
Dark Coronation Street Fetish (Or at Least There Was in the Copy I
yourself into your work. (discuss)
The First Time a Sun Paper has Convinced Me of Anything
and read this now, whereas I might not have before. What a
strange and wonderful power journalism has when used for good... (discuss)
Your Chance to Collaborate With a Writer in Half the Literary
World's "What Ever Happened To" File
But it's a neat
Yes, but the $1.38 Questions is: Does It Get You Drunk?
It Would Be Like Me Trying to Write Outside the Trailer Park that
is Bradford, ON
The problem of writing
other cultures. (discuss)