Monthly Archive: April, 2013

Commonplace Book: Jacques Barzun on Criticism

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Jacques Barzun on the art of reviewing.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Heroin Chronicles, edited by Jerry Stahl

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Drugs are bad. Over at CCLaP, I review The Heroin Chronicles, edited by Jerry Stahl.

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CCLaP Mini-review: The Lazarus Machine: a Tweed & Nightingale Adventure, by Paul Crilley

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Over at CCLaP, I reviewed The Lazarus Machine: a Tweed & Nightingale Adventure, by Paul Crilley. Steampunk fun for those who like the witty dialogue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Warehouse 13

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End of the Good Life, by Riva Froymovich @ NYJB

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“In its crisp brevity, End of the Good Life should be read by the under- and unemployed millions of Millennials.”

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Commonplace Book: Alexander Theroux on Boston

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Alexander Theroux has a character that doesn’t like Boston very much.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Blue Kind, by Kathryn Born

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Today’s book review: “The Blue Kind,” a dystopian drug novel by Chicago-area author Kathryn Born, and put out by academic imprint Switchgrass. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, “More novelists writing in science fiction should take these kinds of chances.”

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Nothing Serious, by Daniel Klein @ NYJB

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Nothing Serious, by Daniel Klein is “. . . a rollicking farce . . . a tightly plotted comedic tale with a genuine emotional center and a sharp satirical wit.”

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An Interview with Joao Cerqueira

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Today I interview Joao Cerqueira, the Portuguese writer who wrote The Tragedy of Fidel Castro. We discuss God, Communism, and art.

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Gold Rush in the Jungle by Dan Drollette, Jr. @ NYJB

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“Gold Rush in the Jungle” is a book of opposites, discovery vs. extinction, economic development vs. environmental devastation . . .

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CCLaP Fridays: Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe, by M. Henderson Ellis

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Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews “Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe,” by M. Henderson Ellis, a comedic ride through post-communist Prague with John Shirting in his quest to set up a coffee franchise. Says Karl, “Like some madcap mashup of ‘Confederacy of Dunces’ and ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.'”

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