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**Interesting Articles on Books, Authors, Reading, etc. - September/October 2010

Club Read 2010

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1fannyprice
Aug 31, 2010, 10:11pm Top

I got nothing! Start linking!

2ChocolateMuse
Sep 8, 2010, 11:42pm Top

Here's something - the 2010 Man Booker Prize shortlist! http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/stories/1451

3fannyprice
Sep 9, 2010, 7:08pm Top

Belletrista 7 is up - http://www.belletrista.com/2010/issue7/index.php

Its the first anniversary issue! Congrats Lois and all!

4Jargoneer
Sep 10, 2010, 5:54am Top

I don't know if this has been highlighted before but the BBC have released some of their archive material of writers being interviewing, broadcasting, etc - BBC Archive

5kidzdoc
Sep 11, 2010, 10:16am Top

Today's Guardian Review features an interesting article by Andrew Motion, the chair of the judges for the 2010 Booker Prize, on the selection process:

The Man Booker prize: Andrew Motion, chair of the judges, on the shortlist

6kidzdoc
Sep 12, 2010, 12:27pm Top

Today's Observer, the Sunday paper associated with the Guardian, includes an commentary about the challenges and barriers facing Hindi women writers in a patriarchal society:

'Whore' comment on Indian writers can't be ignored

7dukedom_enough
Edited: Sep 19, 2010, 7:20pm Top

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell discusses women's roles in J.R.R. Tolkien, in a 2003 CSPAN Book TV episode. About 42 minutes long:

www.c-spanvideo.org/program/179705-1

8RidgewayGirl
Sep 26, 2010, 1:28pm Top

Here's an interesting article about the over-use of the present tense in contemporary novels.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7991553/Opinion-Philip-Hensher.html

I've been reading some of the articles and blog posts about this extremely contentious topic and I'm pleased to see people being overexcited and shouty about literature.

9fannyprice
Sep 27, 2010, 1:18pm Top

>8 RidgewayGirl:, You know, its funny, I read a similar article right when I was in the middle of reading Mockingjay, which is written in present tense, but I seriously don't think I would have consciously noticed that if not for the fact of the ongoing debate. Clearly I am not an observant reader!

10RidgewayGirl
Sep 27, 2010, 1:30pm Top

I wandered around several articles on the subject and had to agree with one that said that you really don't notice tense unless you're teaching a fiction workshop or reading for the purpose of critiquing the book.

I did notice it in Wolf Hall, but mainly because it added such an immediacy to the tone of the story.

Here's another contentious issue: http://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com/2010/09/22/sell-the-girls/

There are, again, numerous articles and blogs about the issue, but this one put it best, I thought.

11kidzdoc
Oct 1, 2010, 12:21am Top

The Guardian reports that the UK edition of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen was printed from a computer file containing an older draft of the book. HarperCollins will pull and pulp the currently available copies, and provide exchanges or refunds to those who purchased the book.

Jonathan Franzen's 'book of the century' pulped over print error

I'm not happy to hear about this, since I purchased a copy of the book last week at a bookshop in Gatwick Airport on my way back from London to the US, and especially because I'm already halfway through the book.

12fannyprice
Oct 3, 2010, 2:36pm Top

I feel I would be remiss if I did not mention that my favorite Jane Austen blogger has returned and is now tackling Mansfield Park.

http://bitchinabonnet.blogspot.com/2010/09/mansfield-park-chapters-1-3.html

14avaland
Oct 9, 2010, 8:55am Top

>6 kidzdoc: that's a really interesting article. Thanks for that.

15Nickelini
Oct 11, 2010, 3:50pm Top

I feel I would be remiss if I did not mention that my favorite Jane Austen blogger has returned and is now tackling Mansfield Park.

Interesting. I don't agree with a lot of what he says, but it's still interesting. He's really got Mrs Norris's number though! And Lady Betram--except I love Lady Bertram. She's one of my favourite characters in all of Austen.

16dukedom_enough
Oct 13, 2010, 7:36am Top

Funny commentary on the Franzen pulping mentioned by kidzdoc@11. Found via Brad DeLong.

17ffortsa
Edited: Oct 16, 2010, 10:14pm Top

I came across this link on another website, as a review of a book on the historical meaning of writer's programs! It does have some zingers.

18kidzdoc
Oct 17, 2010, 10:47am Top

Today's Observer has an interesting article by Caryl Phillips, one of my favorite authors, about his early struggles in establishing himself as a writer:

Once upon a life: Caryl Phillips

19dukedom_enough
Oct 27, 2010, 8:14am Top

Not an article, but a cute video that an Arizona bookstore made of books lined up like dominoes and toppling into each other. Time: 47 seconds. Via boingboing.net

20avaland
Oct 29, 2010, 4:49am Top

>19 dukedom_enough: that was cute, though I winced when they had some falling off the top of the shelves...

21kidzdoc
Oct 29, 2010, 12:34pm Top

Today's New York Times has an article about tomorrow's reopening of the McKim Building on Madison Ave & 36th St in NYC, which includes the Morgan Library & Museum. The article includes a slideshow of photos of the restored library.

Let There Be Light, and Elegance

22avaland
Nov 1, 2010, 9:16pm Top

Belle, Issue 8 is up.
http://www.belletrista.com/2010/issue8/index.php

Take a peek. Books to add to your TBR piles! Reviews from some of your favorite LTers:-)

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