Should Have Lines Like 'It's Like Your Favourite Uncle Being Caught
in a School Playground, Masturbating'
Fischer writes about his attack on Martin Amis's new book. He
says it has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact his new
book was published at the same time. (discuss)
See Dick Run... Run, You Dick, Run
I wasn't surprised when "chick lit"
was followed by "dick
lit". I was, however, taken aback by "dead
chick lit." I don't like the direction this is
So Who Influenced Pinter?
So the person who had the most impact on Samuel
Beckett's career was Henry Miller? (discuss)
White Like Me
Thomas Keneally weighs
in on the appropriation-of-voice issue. (discuss)
It Wasn't a Very Good Movie, but it Hit the Full Spectrum: Me, My
Wife and a Lesbian Friend Crying and Crying and Crying...
of Iris Murdoch is in dispute, but so it goes in the seemey
world of biography. (Yeah, I cried, so what?) (discuss)
So Naipaul, Coetzee, and Malouf Walk into a Bar...
Naw, just joshin' - it's just
about Naipaul. (discuss)
Annie Proulx Wants You to Stop Knocking on Her Door
Annie Proulx, who
should just win the Pulitzer for everything she writes, didn't
starting writing fiction until she was in her 50s. Good, I can put
my feet back up for a while then. (discuss)
Question for You, Our Shadowy Legions, to Answer:
How come we can bring you day after day of these awesome links
from around the world while Canada's two national book publications,
in Canada and Quill and
Quire, have nothing online? Just some food for (discussion)
Scoop!! Scoop?? Scoop!!
Our shadowy minions tell us they have it on good authority that George
Bowering, Canada's Poet Laureate, fell and broke his hip while
breaking up a dog fight. Yes, a dog fight. We really are just
tougher up here. No links yet, but is this rumour or truth? Feel
free to (discuss)
and tell us what you know...
The Peoples' Screw
Mekler and Deahl close shop and leave a pile of poetry contests without
a home - and paid submissions unjudged. (discuss)
Glad to See They Have Such a Thoughtful Process
Well, we may not have any CanSnore
gossip (except for that bit about Andrew Pyper's bar fight), but
we do have Booker
Place Your Bets
The Booker long list comes with odds
for each book. (discuss)
A Dangerous Art
Adrienne Rich muses
about Iraqi poetry today and the responsibilities of
Banned in the USA
I can understand why As I Lay Dying was banned. But the 9th
edition of Webster's dictionary? (discuss)
More Suzanne-Lori Parks
Brilliant AND beautiful. She must join me and together we will rule
the universe. Sorry,
But We Do Prefer to Work From the Shadows
Bookninja does not stand alone in the defense
of poetry! (discuss)
Booker Story of
An exciting, roller-coaster tour through the
Booker archives. Keep your arms in the car, please!
Chugga-chugga, wheee! (discuss)
This Girl Gets Around
Everywhere is the first open-source
comic that I know of. Well, besides Archie, I guess. (discuss)
I Know It's Hardcover, But Buy It Anyway
The Danforth Review has an
interview with Michel Basilieres, author of Black
Bird, which is one of the freshest, funniest, smartest and most
genre-subverting takes on Canadian history ever. The rest of you historiographic
metafictioneers better pay attention. (discuss)
Guess You Don't Have to Read It Now
This book review of Asne Seierstad's The
Bookseller of Kabul is worth
reading for the math question supposedly taught in Afghan schools:
Little Omar has a Kalashnikov
with three magazines. There are twenty bullets in each magazine. He
kills 60 infidels
with two-thirds of the bullets. How many infidels does he kill with
each bullet? (discuss)
I'm Beginning to Wonder If JG Ballard and Chuck Palahniuk Are the
Telegraph reviews Ballard's Millennium
Emily Pohl-Weary Wins the Hugo
Toronto writer and broken
pencil co-editor Emily
Pohl-Weary has won
a Hugo award for her book about sci-fi writer Judith
Merril (also Emily's grandmother), Better
to Have Loved: The Live of Judith Merril. (discuss)
Speaking Of - It's Not Just Sci-Fi
Speculative Lit issue launched at Worldcon,
which was recently held in Toronto. Peter Darbyshire (the crouching,
quiet ninja pictured below) co-edited it, along with Brian
Tweetie Bird's Granny Ripped Off!
I guess at 93 there are bigger things to worry about, but
I'd freak. (discuss)
Where Do You Want to Go Today?
When I'm bored at work, there's nothing better than popping
over to Bartleby and reading all about grammar, or maybe
perusing the works
of Shakespeare online. This may explain why I'm about to become unemployed.
While searching for new
employ- ment among various archived articles about book
reviewing, I stumbled
across this piece, which talks about why papers are cutting back
their book review sections. It relates to some of the discussions
we've been having. (discuss)
Why Do Writers Have to Take Sides?
Has the "literary-academic
intelligent- sia disappeared morally in the ashes of ground zero?"
Why Didn't The Great Beast Ask the Ninjas? [oh! oh! I know! I
know! Pick me! Pick me! -- G]
Rumour has it Canlit starlet Sheila
Heti is the literary editor of the soon-to-be-launched magazine The
I Want to Live Like Annie
Annie Proulx says
she's not going to write any more novels. She also says she
likes Newfoundland because it's depressing.
Oh, and they may be making a movie about the gay
cow- boys. Or maybe not. (discuss)
Borges Would Be Proud
This guy is trying to one-up Christ- ian Bök
a book about the encyclopedia. Sounds like a challenge to me. (discuss)
Chaucer for Television. (discuss)
Mark Strand on Pablo Neruda
Neruda – wrote some poems, got some chicks, lived life to the
yadda yadda… (discuss)
at My Table in Nice
new book, Who
Killed Daniel Pearl, was scooped by MobyLives'
publishing wing Melville
House from Hoboken. Note to pie-guy Noel Godin - I would love to
with you, let's talk... (discuss)
Can I Say that on Bookninja?
"Sexicographer" writes a kind of social
history of the dirty word. (BTW, yes, you can say that on
Bookninja, douche-bag.) (discuss)
Are These Really the Last Days of Publishing?
And will the rest of the world notice
But what about
The Sun Also Rises (albeit Very Quietly on Audio)? When Do We Get
recorded and played back Clockwork Orange-style to mouthy teens.
"Gay Sprites Fluttering Around its Edges"
A PW article on the
state of gay (American) publishing today. (discuss)
Heinlein, Herbert, Gibson, Sawyer
Robert Sawyer won
a Hugo at Worldcon. Now he's going to build a big money bank and
swim in it, like Scrooge
Time Travel! Sea Monsters! Christian Review! Welcome to
Miss the days when stories had, well, story? Then walk over to the
nearest newsstand and lay
down a shiny nickel for a copy of McSweeney's
Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, edited by Michael
Yes, She Can Be a Wildly Erratic Self-serving Freak, but It's
Snide, Illogical Reviews Like This that Make Me Glad We Started This
Possibly one of the worst,
most agenda-driven reviews I've ever read. I'm composing a rabid
letter about it. (discuss)
Can't We Have One
Week that Doesn't Begin with Exhuming a Body?
for Lorca in a Spanish Civil War mass grave. (discuss)
The Slow Decay of Adjectives
Gatenby downgraded from 'brilliant' to 'imperious'.. or is that a
lateral move? (discuss)
I Bet Oprah is Spinning in Her Grave
That's like a million dollars! Will this Franzen book ever be out of
the news? (discuss)
And Here I Thought Only the Devil was Interested in Cornering the
Market on Little Girls' Souls...
Revelation chapter begins, "So, like, Jesus is coming over
(only the like CUTEST GUY in the universe - that HAIR!) and you've
got a HUGE ZIT! Zap that zit with holy water, sister, and get ready
to wash some messiah foot." (discuss)
He's Doing so Well I Submit that a Nickname Based on his Initials
is in Order
How about GEC-ko?
Books? Who Knew?
So I walk into Chapters to buy a copy of Jonathan
Bennett's shiny new book, and a map of Vancouver
so I can locate our new
apartment (scroll all the way to the right - we're somewhere in
the middle of the pic), but I quickly get lost in the maze of
flower-flavoured potato chips and trapezoidal-shaped playing cards.
I wind up in the literary anthologies section, and I pause to see if
they have a copy of Anvil Press's
In the Trenches. They don't, of course. But I note that half their
anthologies do seem to be breakup-themed. Anthologies about getting
dumped, about getting
divorced, about getting
dumped again. Not sure what it means, but it did bother me
enough to write this. (discuss)
Bloggoshpere: Doesn't It Sounds like a Movie with Tina Turner in
I hate to link to Canada's
crappiest magazine, but this is what we do. (discuss)
Salman Rushdie and Terry Gilliam Talk About Brazil
And how you should never tell a cop you make
more money than him. (discuss)
If You Know What A 'Swift'
Is, Then This Book Is For You
Oh yeah, you'll also like it if you're into typesetting racing. Well,
who isn't? (discuss)
Red in Line and
Forget spoken word, the future of poetry is Darwinian
Poetry. Or maybe not. (Watch out - I got "you and
mountainside my love pumping tractor" one time... Egad!) (discuss)
Moby Lives is back, with a
piece by Steve Almond
about the politics of blurbing. And Almond joins the fray about
reviewing, and what it really feels like to get
a bad review. (discuss)
Speaking of Bad Reviews
This essay about the
good of a bad review is getting cited a lot lately. (discuss)
Balcony Kills Poet in Love Triangle Murder-Suicide
Stuart Ross has just
Crumbling Balcony: Selected and New Poems. There's an old
interview with him on Taddle
Creek that's nice to read again in light of this, plus a
review written by one of Canada's most distinguished critics. (discuss)
When I Die, I Want to Be a Stamp
Canada Post is celebrating the National Library's 50th
anniversary with a
set of author-themed stamps. No, there's nobody still living on
Oliveros' Mighty Thing
No, it's not what you think. Maisonneuve
a piece on Chris Oliveros, publisher of Montreal's Drawn
& Quarterly, and his fight to get graphic novels recognized
as literature. It also wonders if Canadian
graphic novels are unconsciously imitating the literary canon. (discuss)
Yes, Yes, but When do the Poets Start Getting the Money?
New NEA head cheese Dana
Gioia in the Kansas City Star. (discuss)
Poetry Does Matter
The New Yorker interviews
Deborah Garrison about how people turned to poetry to cope with
British Celebrate Book Swapping Day
is nice in theory, but could be highly dangerous in practice.
"Hey, you should read The
Fermata! Here you go. Don't mind the stains." (discuss)
It'd Be Nice If He'd Include a Pronunciation Guide
Tibor Fischer lists his favourite top
10 eastern European novels. (discuss)
Twenty Odd Questions With George Saunders
I love George
Saunders. I really, really do. Everybody
could you not? (discuss)
Okay, This is the Real Avant-garde Today
Even if it's not real. Especially if it's not real. If
it is real, it's actually kind of demented. (discuss)
Was Catch-22 a Book or a Saying First?
will tell you. (discuss)
Whatever Happened to the Word "Dord"?
The Word Detective
will tell you! (discuss)
And this is the
word detective on speed. (discuss)
I Don't Understand, My Tilde Key Has Always Worked Before
"The literature of sexual embarrassment, at the moment, is
largely male." So
says The Telegraph. (discuss)
Genitalia, Rhymes With Match
I try to write headlines
like this every night, but I can never get away with it. I guess
their editors don't bother looking at the arts pages. (discuss)
And I Sold it to
Him - Well the Bridge Anyway...
Lethem in the Voice. (discuss)
Those Creepy Personal Ads Finally Pay Off!
Nothing like a
stalker to get a reviewer all jazzed up. (scroll down to second
No Mischievous Dancing Elf Here... (Well, have you ever MET
of Glück in the Voice. (discuss)
Wonder What She'd Think of Big-Box Bookstores?
Virginia Woolf really
liked second-hand bookstores. She even liked booksellers' wives.
Now that Everyone is Dead, They Can All Be Exploited
What with a movie coming and several
new books, the debate is bound to have another
flare up. It's like a dose that way... (discuss)
Speaking of Sylvia
'Creative' non-fiction? 'True-life' novels? 'Literary' 'journalism?'
the facts are in dispute and escapism isn't enough. (discuss)
Free Your Book, and the Sales Will Follow?
Cory Doctorow, one of the
caffeine-hyped geniuses behind boingboing
(where we got the idea for our discussion boards), has just
published his short
story collection. Like his novel,
you can download it for free
(most of the stories anyway), even though the book is also being
sold in stores. He explains why on his site. (discuss)
Yeah, What Canada Really Needs Is Fewer Writers
The Globe and Mail says too
many people are getting Canada
Council grants, and that the process should be more
File This One Under: Ouch!
It's been years since I've had a blog
dedicated to undermining my every word. Oh wait, the internet
was barely invented then, and those were idiot nobodies at York who
never went anywhere. Cool! I escaped. McLaren may not... But at
least she's getting more money than any of us. (discuss)
There but for the
Crace of God...
Jim Crace comes off like he can barely hold it together without
interviewer in the chops. (discuss)
Having Trouble Accessing the Collected Lowell?
Maybe you want to read
this. Or maybe you just need to lift some weights. (discuss)
Most Canadians may not have known Archie Ammons, but there are many
Americans who love him more
than this. (discuss)
In Case You Don't Have Enough Ways to Procrastinate
Why don't you give Today
in Literature a try? (discuss)
I'm Going to Kick Ass at Scrabble Now
This handy Word
of the Day site is worth reading just for their examples. (discuss)
A Portmanteau of Euphonious Hullabaloo
Ever wonder where the term "man breasts" came from? What
about "chickenability"? Word
Spy has the answers. (discuss)
An essay on the
epic American poem. (discuss)
Now it's Just
Picking on Leah (or maybe Vivisecting is a Better Term)
I wouldn't have even revisited
this, but the discussion
board is hoppin' and after a
brief websearch I realized
than I previously suspected
(pdf link). That's
gotta suck! (discuss)
Newsflash! Journalists Ask Stupid Questions
Maybe, just maybe, it has to do with the fact that you don't have to
be intelligent in any way to
become a journalist? (Is J-school just a business degree for
people who are under the youthful impression that they might change
the world?) (discuss)
And the Bookninjas
Predict – Mass Hysteria as Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent
Children are Injured by Spring Loaded Conical Breasts
Oh, wait... this
isn't a pop up book? Does it come with steel covers wrapped in
I'll Be Impressed when they Start Speaking in Tongues...
Chuckie has them fainting
in the aisles. Yeah, I always hated that little homicidal
I've Been There, There's Really Nothing of Interest in Paris...
Bemrose's first novel gets french-kissed
by Sandra Martin. (discuss)
Thar She Blows!
Gatenby has surfaced for air in a
review of a book on the publishing industry. (discuss)
I Moved From 1,234,827 to 1,233,827? When Does My Royalty Cheque
Ever wonder what those Amazon rankings translate into in terms of
sales of books? Maybe
you don't want to know. (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) (discuss)
Give It Away Now
Wershler-Henry, of alienated.net
fame, says it's time to give
our writing away for free. But there's a method
to his madness. (discuss)
Is Copyright Thought Control?
Who (or what) does
copyright really protect? (discuss)
Is Canadian Poetry Really a 'Short Street' Not Worth Going Down?
What is the place of poetry in the 21st century? Todd
Swift has a few ideas. (discuss)
As an accompaniment to our banned
books entry, we have the 10
most challenged books. Do people have nothing better to do with
their time? Surely there's some sort of literary news/review Web
site they could start. (discuss)
Martin Amis speaks
out on all the controversy over his latest book, Yellow Dog.
What was he expecting with a title like that? (discuss)
The Scrabble Life
If you haven't read Word Freak yet, you're not
really entitled to play Scrabble. At least not in the park for
money. Note: I bought my copy in the sports section of Chapters... (discuss)
The Four Reviews
of the Apocalypse
These are the publications that will make
you or break you. Or maybe just break you. (discuss)
Wanna Bet this Reduces Fine Lines Too?
of Olay poetry contest... Mmmm... greasy... (discuss)
If This Were a
Film Newslog I'd be Talking About How Bill Murray is the Most
Under-used, Under-Appreciated Actor in Hollywood, and I Might Even
Mention that I Used to Tell Kids in Grade School He Was My Uncle...
But it isn't, so I give you: Does the E in Ebook Stand for Erase?
ebooks survive? (E-magazines will. Oh yes, they will…) (discuss)
So as unemployment draws near, I've been thinking of finishing my
PhD dissertation. Then I read this
article on ABD Lit. (discuss)
What Exactly is McCanLit and, More Importantly, Can I Get Fries
Since our attempt to satisfy certain
readers with CanLit gossip and trash talk was less
than satisfying, we point you to Michael
Bryson's review of Ray Robertson's Mental
Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing. (discuss)
The Space Between Languages
Michael Emmerich talks
about translating the works of Banana Yoshimoto. (discuss)
Did Lord of the Rings Ruin Fantasy?
the writers? (Naw, it was the advent of the d20. Damn you Gary
Cartoons About Books!
Hey, maybe they'll start running Literary
Life in the funny pages of North American newspapers. Nobody
reads them anyway. (discuss)
A Canadian in the
And it's not filled with bubbling poutine! Atwood
hangs on to a chance at the Booker while things go Amis
for one, another is handed his Coetzee, and a third gets a Swift
kick. (I should write headlines for the New York Post. Rupert?)
The Arrogance of Poetry
"We encounter nongeniuses in poet- ry almost every day." Testify,
Mr. Gaiman, Bring
Us a Dream...
In the office we have a Sandman
calendar which our seven-month-old always looks at with one
eyebrow raised. You ever see a cat stare at an empty spot in a
room? It's as creepy as that. (discuss)
Take That, Communist Pig!
Thinking back on all my profs who were self-identified communists
and who loved George
Orwell, I had to laugh when I read this. (discuss)
Gee, I Wonder How Darren is Taking This...
sort of men- tions one of Canada's best
websites. Do you think there was a spike in the webstats for
that day? (discuss)
press release: "When Natalie Fuhr received a handwritten
thank you card from Leonard Cohen, himself, she knew she had to do
it again." Well, duh! I hear he ups Eggers' assassinations by
break- ing legs if you don't! (discuss)
So Finally Someone
Says It: Canadians are Hot as Hell, Baby!
What can I say,
we write what we know... (discuss)
Russian Poetry Makes Me Tingle...
But not as
much as Lisa Gabriele! (discuss)
Online, No One Can Hear
I don't know what to make of this. The online game Second
Life is apparently the first multiplayer on- line roleplaying
game to host a live virtual book reading. I've never play- ed the
game, but it looks kind of interesting - you get to make what- ever
sort of life you want apparently. Cory
Doctorow will discuss his novel, Down
and Out in the Magic Kingdom (free version available for
here) in the main auditorium of Second Life with Hamlet Linden,
the virtual world's first embedded journalist (his term). For more
details, click here and
scroll down to Sept. 15. (discuss)
Pink = Porn
Apparently pink covers signify porn in Britain, but
that's okay for the Booker prize, as long as you're a man. Is
this just a British thing? (discuss)
What's Worse? Someone Took the Time to Make This Site or I Took
the Time to Look for It?
All you ever
wanted to know about weird alphabets. (discuss)
Damnit, Read This Before You Submit Any More Articles!
A blog about copy
editing. That's right, the end of the world as we know it is
officially here. And I, for one, feel fine. (discuss)
You've Come a Long Way, Lexicographer
In our effort to keep track of all the breaking dictionary news,
we bring you this article
on Samuel Webster's dictionary. (discuss)
Oh, Great, So Now We're Just Props
I can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it does
make me think of watching Home Improvements some time ago (hey, it
was the only channel I could get, and I needed a fix - like you've
never licked booze off the floor) and the wife - did she even have a
name? - was reading Susan Faludi's 'Backlash,' and she put the book
down for a moment to do some- thing domestic and when she picked it
up again, it had become a blank book - no words on the cover, no
title, no feminist message, nothing. Was it poor continuity or a
delib- erate statement? I just don't know, and it haunts me
sometimes. But then I just shrug and watch Family Guy. (discuss)
Stephen King Receives
Lifetime Achievement Award for "Cont- inuance of Disembowelments
Under Extreme Circumstances"
After which it will be revealed that for several years Mr.
King has been wearing his skull OUTSIDE his skin (login:
password: waaaa) and none of you suckers noticed. (P.S. Would somebody
take the cork out of Harold Bloom's ass, or would that cause
his ears to touch?) (discuss)
Spanglish? We Don't Need No... Aw, You Get It...
What do Spanish speakers call
this? Espingles? (discuss)
Next She'll Be Selling English Roses in an Airport Near You
Some call it a cult,
others a "religion," still others believe it is the
way, the light, and the life or some such metaphorical thingy-dingy.
You Know, I Played Midfield for Years and My Book Isn't Number
One on the British Bestseller Lists...
I guess it must be the
looks, the talent, the money, the charisma, the... (discuss)
Did You Know Newsday is New York's Official Paper of Geriatric
proves it. Note: you must be at least 50 years old to fail this
test and not commit hara-kiri. Should you lack the bravery and honour
necessary for ritualistic disembowelment, we will gladly shuriken
your head. (discuss)
Another Lowell Review, and We'll Keep Posting 'em too until You
Can Provide a Note from Your Chiropractor Proving to Us You've Bought
"Poetry in America has declined to a civil war, a
banal derby between two awful teams, and in Britain to a variety
show (a royal variety show)." Ya-huh...? (discuss)
As Much As It Pains Us to Link to the Post...
They actually have a
lit story today. Aren't they afraid that if they keep writing
pansy articles about girlie books and ribbons and poor people stuff
they might lose money quicker than they're losing staff? (discuss)
My God, Is
It the Death of Books? I Mean, Poetry Is One Thing, But Books?!?
So there I was reading Egypt Today, when I came across this
story about books being an endangered species. So I says to
myself, "Self," I says, "The people readers must
Speaking of Books and Mortality...
Any article that contains the words "incunabulum," "geniza,"
"polyglots," and "Obadiah the Proselyte" has got
to be worth a
slice of your attention. (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) (discuss)
Atwood By A Field Goal
So one of the Booker
shortlisters is an against-all-odds
fairy-tale kind of success story, while another describes
himself as homeless. What happened to literary
elitism and connections? Have I wasted all my years? (discuss)
In honour of the National
Post's piece on Chip Kidd, Bookninja links to the Identity
Theory interview. (discuss)
He's good in whatever
form he takes, isn't he? Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. George
No... Maybe It Says Something
About YOU if it Fails...
Looks like The Walrus
is going to launch in style. The Star has a teaser
of the first issue. But is the editor already blaming us for not
giving a rat's ass who they managed to ingratiate themselves to and
maybe caring about whether or not it's readable or boring? (discuss)
'B' Is for ... Another 50 Years
After 55 years of working on a Sanskrit dictionary, scholars are almost
done... with the first letter. (discuss)
(No) Pride and (Plenty of) Prejudice
Are reality shows
Austen's heirs? (discuss)
"He caun ne'er be bothered but maun e'er be waked. If there is
a future in every past that is present Quis est qui non novit
quinnigan and Qui quae quot at Quinnigan's Quake! Stump! His
producers are they not his consumers? Your exagmination round his
factification for incamination of a warping process. Declaim!"
My seven-month old boy drew something we call "Finnegans
Wake..." and now
the book makes complete sense. (discuss)
That's Just Whack, Yo...
finally does something interesting and no
one tells me? (discuss)
Sci-fi-ish author Neal Stephenson tackles
the history of science. He's good enough he'll probably pull it
off too. Bastard. (discuss)
The problem with you is that you are always finishing
the wrong sentences... (discuss)
Hi! Please Abandon Everything
You Hold Holy!
Bang! You're dead! Boom! We're dead! And now, heeeeeeeeeerrre's
poet, Donald Rumsfeld, is back with another volume. (discuss)
Booker = Anthrax
The Scotsman says the books
that win the Booker are unenjoyable and nowhere near as good as
contemporary American Lit. Telling quote: "Rather as British
art abandoned painting, for decades British writing abandoned
story." But there is a caveat: "This year's Booker is a
historic opportunity to consign elitism to the dustbin for
As Belinda would Say, Ooh, Baby Do You What That's Worth? Ooh,
Purgatory is a place on Earth.
In fact, it's actually a near Bradford, ON... As Dante
tells us, in Purgatory the uniform is a mullet
under a Harley Davidson painter cap, a sleeveless denim jacket over
an Iron Maiden "Number
of the Beast" concert shirt (one of the ones white in the
middle with black sleeves that don't quite make it down to your
Initially, I Thought this Article was Interesting...
out A.S., V.S., J.M., and I.C.U.P. (discuss)
Speaking of Initials, What Does MFA Stand For?
Freakin' Auto- matons. (discuss)
The Perilous Trade of CanLit
Gasp?! The National Post has an
interview with CanPublishing vet Roy MacSkimming? What's next? A
book review? (discuss)
Hey Bloom, Are You
inZane? Or is Zane in You?
If you listen close, you can actually hear the
pressure in Bloom's ass crushing a piece of coal (login:
bookninja, password: waaaaa) into a diamond. Also, apparent Bloomite
(another mineral that can be squeezed into a diamond) Zane
asks King to decline his crown. Meanwhile, the Friscan's (they
love being called that) are sweet
as pie. (discuss)
By By Lines
Here's my theory: if language has its own version of the butterfly
effect, then I am responsible for every Pulitzer Prize winning story
in that paper of record. Where's
my credit, you plagiarists? (discuss)
It's Like Looking at an Eclipse, Only More Immediately Painful
The folks at the Literary
Saloon are killing me with their worst-book- jacket-ever thread.
"God Was a Clever Idea"
says J.G. Ballard. (discuss)
Dubbed 'Chub Lit' it's Chick Lit and Dick Lit for Big Gits
At 274 pages I think it barely makes it to Big-boned
Action, or Perhaps 'Agency' (Fits the Lingo Better), Figures
I was once at a sociology conference in Buffalo where I heard an
undergrad refer to "Michael Fuckult and that guy Webber." Maybe
these would help. (discuss)
Crouching Ninja, Hidden Agenda: Ninja 2 Quietly Trying to Under-
mine Ninja 1's Disdain for the National Post by Constantly Send- ing
Thief Lord the answer to Harry Potter? (discuss)
Lesser Known is
the J-Au Thong
Jane Austen to a 'T.' (discuss)
Twisted Sister is Back, and We're Not Gonna Take It!
sister (as in fru-its of the deviiiil) revealed. (discuss)
Um... Er... We, ah... are kind of, um... Like... You Know.
could be us if you lurking women out there don't start posting
Speaking of Which: Bookninja is Doomed!
Are men are on
the way out? (discuss)
Fabio, Fabio, Wherefore Art Thou?
the bodice rippers. (discuss)
Listen, the Necrophilia and Elephants are Behind Her, She's Got
to Move On...
She was young
and needed the money. (discuss)
The Singular They, Like that Guy You Know Who Just Got Dumped...
this was very intelligent. I hope they're doing well. (discuss)
File This Under:
Balls Out Poetry...
can do just about anything. (discuss)
Doctor's Voice Kills
Dr. Maya Angelou
BBC. (Can anyone tell me what her doctorate is in? Seriously, I
don't know.) (discuss)
Is African Literature in Danger?
so, of what? (discuss)
Running a Country just isn't Enough for Some People...
India gets downright
medieval on its prime minister's book of poetry. (discuss)
Kill the Critics...
their corpses for the dogs. (discuss)
Finally We Can Read It!
book reviewed! (These
archives are a goldmine for the timesink-seeking sloth. This
means you.) (discuss)
Literature's Latest Celebrity Murder Case
I bet the answer is something like, "Everyone
knows November doesn't have 31 days!" (discuss)
Deaths in the Family
are gone. (discuss)
Was Eliot Anti-Semitic?
More reviews should contain quotes like, "reading
it is like watching a maniac trying to calm an hysteric." (discuss)
Madonna's Book Breaks Sales Records... Meanwhile, Her Appear-
ance is Breaking Monica Lewin- sky's Mirror...
like this just frost your cheese? Even the psychologists
are having a field day with her. (discuss)
Fahrenheit 451 – The Temperature at which Most New York Apart-
ments are Set After the First Cold Wind
Bradbury's masterpiece celebrates
50 years. (discuss)
Blaser Gets His Due Everywhere but Here
What's likely the best quote in a book about Robin
Blaser comes from Bowering. (discuss)
Those Sci-Fi Nerds are Insidious
First they infiltrate your lunch table and then they start
writing books. Now they
want to be POPULAR. Oh. My. God. Can you, like, imagine? (discuss)
Silently the Ninjas Laugh and Disappear Back into the Night...
A preview of online
mag publishing that kind of just barely scratches the surface. (discuss)
The Best Minds of My Generation... Maybe Weren't
the Best Minds of My Generation...
finally puts the beat down on the Beats, but you'll never guess
who. (login: bookninja, password: waaaa) (discuss)
A Room of One's Own – Shared with 400 Others
How did I miss this
story earlier last week? Old age. (discuss)
Do Book Reviews Even Matter?
books immune to newspaper coverage? (discuss)
Pack Your Stuff and Go
Won't someone find a home for the
words evicted by the latest edition of Merriam Webster's? (discuss)
Attack of the Killer Previews!
one critic who thinks reviews matter. (discuss)
So, You're Going Through Some Crap and You Find an As - Yet -
Unpublished Original Manuscript by Adolf Hitler. What Do You Do,
Hotshot? What Do You Do?
Isn't it obvious? You
spend your life trying to get it published... Um... (discuss)
Virent Ova! Viret Perna!!
Green Eggs and Ham has been translated
into Latin. (discuss)
And You Think the Review of Your Book was Bad?
were vicious! (discuss)
Why Cite at All?
The best thing about working in the media is never
having to worry about style issues like this. (discuss)
The Meaning of Everything
The Making of the Oxford
English Dictionary is now out. (discuss)
The Boston Phoenix offers up some
female writers who aren't part of the chick lit craze. (discuss)
Terry Eagleton Talks About Life After Theory
I'd like to get back to life
before theory... (discuss)
Is 'Maxed Out' is Spin-ese for 'Sold Out?'
Word on the Street - successful,
or just huge? (discuss)
Bedebedebede, Hey, Buck!
When I was a boy, Star Wars made me want to write, but Alien
actually made me write. For Ray
Bradbury, it was Buck Rogers. (discuss)