Books

You’re Swimming In It: Part Deux

Photographer Richard Benjamin will be discussing his new book Narragansett Bay this afternoon at Books on the Square.  This work is a collaboration with John Torgan, Baykeeper for Save the Bay, who provided the text. Benjamin will be signing after the talk. (No indication that Torgan will be part of this event which is too […]

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Kenya’s biggest novelist to give reading from acclaimed new book today

We’re still not at the point where we can say, unequivocally, that our potential vps know that Africa is a continent and not a country, but at least we have a local university president who is interested in bringing scholars and artists from all over said continent to our fair city. Brown’s Department of Africana Studies, along

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‘Gross National Happiness’ On The Rise

…in Bhutan.   In my mind, utilitarianism is still the most legitimate guiding principle for governments — you know, trying to do the stuff that makes it easier for people to lead rich, fulfilling, happy, lives. While GDP is a piece of the puzzle, it’s far from the complete picture — it’s a means to end,

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Not About The Buildings Fiction Prize

I just announced the winner of Not About The Buildings’ first-ever fiction prize over at the website. (Actually, I posted the winner on the website on Monday, then got too busy to send the e-mail announcement, and then didn’t want to announce it yesterday because I figured all of America was thinking about the election.

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Gay Penguins, Mopey Smiths Fans Again Top List of Banned Books

The American Library Association just released its list of the ten most challenged books of 2007.  These are books that parents and other nosebags thought inappropriate their children and/or society at large; the main reason, not surprisingly, is because characters in these books often have genitals and sometimes use them in un-Christian ways, though the

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Speaking Of Drunk Authors…

Tonight’s Action Speaks will discuss the 1957 publication of Norman Mailer’s “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster,” an essay that seemed really cool when I had to read it in eleventh-grade English class.  (Although that may have had to do with the fact that we had just spent four weeks discussing “The Fall

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Smith Hill Library Book Sale Tonight

Tonight’s a book sale and bake sale sponsored by the Friends of the Smith Hill Library. I really like Smith Hill; it’s in a lovely building (built in the era when libraries were divided into equally large adult and kid sections) and the librarians are really nice; unfortunately, they don’t have much money, and aren’t

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Banned Books Discussion 2-Nite

At Providence College: Banned Books Discussion and Reading Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 7:30 PM In Lower Davis Hall on the Providence College Campus In recognition of the American Library Association’s Banned Books week (September 27th – October 4th) members of the Providence College community will be holding a presentation on the critical issue of literary censorship. Scheduled to

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Washington Park Library

Although it’s so disgustingly humid that I want to die right now (and, this just in, now it’s pouring, too!), I’m heading over to the former Benny’s on Broad Street today at five for the press conference/rally that the Library Reform Group is organizing about the Washington Park library. <soapbox>Not to repeat myself too much,

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Pulp Addicted

From Pulp Addict, a weekly documentation of cool stuff that comes through my bookstore. This week; Thompson, Anthony Bourdain, James Frey, and Bob Woodward. Generation Of Swine: The Gonzo Papers Vol. 2, Hunter S. Thompson (Summit 1988) Just one of the seemingly endless collection of Thompson’s 80’s-era essays shares its most telling HST passage in

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Sled Into Spring With Edith Wharton!

Stephin Merritt, musical genius and renowned slow-talker, reads Ethan Frome every year on his birthday, which festively falls in the middle of bleak January. Merritt recently described the book to SFWeekly as “perfect for birthday reading,” and goes on to say that it “expresses everything about how horrible New England is.” Back when I scheduled

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Kids At Top Schools Have Reason To Believe Maybe This Year Will Be Better Than The Last

Thanks to Bookslut (and a total inability to focus on work today), I just found Musicthatmakesyoudumb and Booksthatmakeyoudumb, conceived by a CalTech student named Virgil Griffith. The two lists compare what kids say they like on Facebook with the average SAT scores of the schools they go to. The book list is interesting though ultimately

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101 Ways to give your life meaning, #2

Read a good book, I recommend Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The motto of Dwayne Hoover’s and Kilgore Trout’s nation was this, which meant in a language nobody spoke anymore, Out of Many, One: “E pluribus unum.” The undippable flag was a beauty, and the anthem and the vacant motto might not have

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