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Barbara Kingsolver is the award-winning author of 14 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Pulitzer Prize finalist The Poisonwood Bible. Her latest novel, Flight Behavior, was selected by Amazon's editors as a Best Book of the Month and one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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Physician and professor Oliver Sacks is the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, and Musicophilia, among many other works. A few months ago, Dr. Sacks—whose moving, fascinating collections of case studies nearly convinced this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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"If there's one thing that etymology proves conclusively, it's that the world is a wretched place," Mark Forsyth cheerfully informs us in his bestselling language guide The Etymologicon, out in a bright yellow paperback edition this month. Marrying cheek and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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Benjamin Anastas's first novel, An Underachiever's Diary, was hailed as the "funniest, most underappreciated book of the 1990s"; his second, The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor's Disappearance, was named a New York Times Notable Book. Then Anastas's personal and professional... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Omnivoracious
Hi Chris, here's a taste of Lauren's thoughts on YA: In "Stereotyping People by Favorite Author": "Stephenie Meyer: People who type like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3." She also has a chapter on falling (reluctantly, then vehemently) in love with Harry Potter.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2012 on Trend Stetting 22: Judgment Day at Omnivoracious
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Lauren Leto is the coauthor of Texts from Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending, published in 2010, which I’d touch only if I were, say, stuck in a hostel in Italy on a Sunday without another page... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Omnivoracious
Excellent call on ordering Nine Stories, E. Hope you enjoy it! There may be less adrenalin involved, but it's just as thought-provoking as the end of the world.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2012 on Apocalypse Never at Omnivoracious
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Thanks for sharing, readerlady - glad to hear you're enjoying the Angela White series. To each her own, as long as we're all reading!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2012 on Apocalypse Never at Omnivoracious
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I didn’t go in for much slang as a kid, having had like drilled out of me by an academic dad and a serious reading habit centered on Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Anne of Green Gables. Articulate companions all.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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For the other side of the argument, check out Chris Schluep's entry Apocalypse Now. Of all the questions we curious humans ask ourselves, the most potent begin with "What if…?" What if you were trapped on a desert island with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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Robert Goolrick, author of the runaway bestseller A Reliable Wife and a bracingly dark and honest memoir, The End of the World As We Know It, has written a marvelous new novel called Heading Out to Wonderful. Old-fashioned in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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What if I told you that a 200-page prose poem is the most useful guide to writing that I've come across in ages? Before you run away shrieking, consider the man behind the effort. New York Times contributor and editorial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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Marjorie Garber, professor of English and visual and environmental studies at Harvard, does not rest on her laurels. She has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books on a strange and impressive range of topics (Shakespeare After All, Sex... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at Omnivoracious
Ha! Dr. Lederer would be proud (and appalled?). Thanks for sharing, Gail.
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Born to an English mom and an academic dad, I was raised in the tradition of intellectual absurdist humor perfected by the likes of Beyond the Fringe, Flanders and Swann, and Monty Python. America falls depressingly short of modern equivalents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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I should mention right away that I loathe epigraphs. It's a visceral reaction: the same feeling I get from footnotes in fiction, the scraping tool dentists use, and people who call their coffee drinks "expresso." Like literary criticism, epigraphs tell... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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Peter Cameron is the author of two story collections and six novels, most recently Coral Glynn. He sold his first story to the New Yorker in 1983 and has lived in Greenwich Village for 25 years, but a few weeks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Omnivoracious
Thanks, Chris! That's an excellent point. I did give myself a little poetic license with the terminology.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2012 on Trend Stetting 16: The Namesake at Omnivoracious
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In the age of celebrity autobiography and memoirs penned by twentysomethings, ghostwriting has become de rigueur in a dishy way (though I'd guess most practitioners don't look like Ewan McGregor). But what about the other side of the coin: Why... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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Another column, another orange book. I know—I'm a broken aesthetic record. But David Orr's ode to poetry and Peter Elbow's Vernacular Eloquence have little in common besides their complexion. Orr exemplifies journalistic brevity, while Elbow, a professor emeritus at the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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I've waxed enthusiastic on here before about Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret's sharply funny new story collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. Between tour stops in California and Chicago, the very busy Keret kindly paid a visit to... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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I had three reasons for opting to review David Orr's recent book that have nothing to do with the words inside it. First, the title: Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry. How freaking fantastic is that? I'd read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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In the 20 minutes that I was delighted to spend talking with Jeanette Winterson recently, she offered enough beautiful off-the-cuff insights to fill an essential volume on writing, reading, love, and what it means to "reinvent the past." Lucky for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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There are authors who cut their milk teeth on short stories, and there are authors who dedicate themselves to the form with Buddha-like focus. Israeli writer Etgar Keret—nerds of a certain ilk will recognize his name from This American Life... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Omnivoracious
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I've always been an editor of the Instinct School. I doubt I could diagram a sentence at gunpoint—if we ever had to do it during my formative English classes, I've blocked it out—and I can't cite Chicago Manual chapter and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Omnivoracious