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You know what's annoying? Experimental short stories. You know what else is annoying? Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half- way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
This Thursday at 8 p.m. there will be a launch party for a new thingamajob I wrote titled the “The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistemological View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate”. Honestly, if the...
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Tribune NewspapersA funny thing happens when a retired journalist brings his 20-plus years of word craft to fiction writing — namely, the birth of a 12-year-old boy named Max, whose angles are shaped by David Foster Wallace, Norman Mailer and the author himself,...
The Baltimore SunWeary as you must be by now of the hopefully hullabaloo, a post at Language Log by Mark Liberman, "The H-word," gives rise to some further observations. Professor Liberman demonstrates a salient fact about the disparagement of hopefully as a sentence...
Every year around this time, a few notable lines from a few notable commencement speeches start insinuating themselves into the canon of "words to live by." Recent favorites include Steve Jobs' 2005 speech at Stanford ("Your time is limited, so don't...
Jacket CopyCountry star Dolly Parton will publish a new book of inspirational wisdom, based on a commencement speech she gave in 2009....
The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes award today had a big gap -- there was no winner in the fiction category, which must have ticked off a whole lot of marketing execs. What will they do with all the "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize" stickers they had printed up for...
Tribune newspapers-------------------- Farther Away Essays Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 322 pp., $26 -------------------- I didn't much like Jonathan Franzen's essay "Farther Away" when I read it a year ago in the New Yorker. A complicated mishmash of a...
For a handful of people, Clarice Lispector's "A Breath of Life" being published in English for the first time is very good news. Sadly, that handful is fairly small. Lispector, an extraordinarily gifted writer who revolutionized Brazilian letters, was...
Jacket CopyIn Sunday books: a talk with UCLA author Alain Mabanckou, plus reviews of the latest by Jonathan Franzen, lumber as history and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's letters and diaries....
Literary editorGreat books — not the ones rushed off the factory floor but the finely crafted, original works of imagination — can find an audience, if it finds a champion. In the case of "The Art of Fielding," that champion was a young literary agent, Chris...
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