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Remembering Emerson, briefly

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leading voices in the American Transcendental Movement in the early part of the 19th C., who died 127 years ago today. Ralph Waldo Emerson, originally uploaded by George Eastman House.
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The Chavez Effect

According to this post by Jake Tapper of ABC News, just after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave Barack Obama a copy of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano yesterday, the book’s Amazon sales rank was 54,295. Before I went to bed last night […]
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Eight Years Later

Discussing his latest novel, Man in the Dark, Paul Auster tells The Guardian about the root of his frustrations in…

English excerpts from German Book Prize nominees

Friends and acquaintances often ask me to recommend guidebooks as they plan their first visits to Europe. I rarely do, suggesting they instead pick up some contemporary fiction from their selected destination. In many cases it’ll provide more specific insight than any single bulky travel guide, and it won’t become dated nearly as fast.…
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Under the Surface

Good-Bye to all That: Partings is the theme for this month’s issue of Words Without Borders, a fitting way to…

Before the blog – zines from the 80s…

Part of the stash of stuff I had shipped here last October included what’s left of my modest collection of zines from the late 80s –you know, those photocopied political rags, lit mags, artists books, chapbooks and collections of rants you’d sometimes find in music shops next to the magazine racks. Or cluttering the floor…
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paper obsessions

After years of scribbling notes into haphazard notebooks, steno pads and other such gup, I decided last week that…