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Take To The Ship: 24 Hours Of Moby-Dick - Powell’s Books

It’s a whale of a reading.

In Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, a young man named Ishmael leaves his home in New York for several years of adventures aboard a whaling ship. After sailing the seas collecting sperm oil, when it c   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Publication Studio: Fast Food For Thought

A nimble new paradigm for small-press publishing.

If you run in certain circles, you hear it every day: The publishing houses are dying, and books are therefore dying. Writers, we presume, are all also dying. The    More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Karen Abbott American Rose

Every Gypsy Rose Lee has her thorns.

You are not going to believe this, but not everything you see in Gypsy (the musical or the movie) is strictly true. Thank the goddess of burlesque we have no less a luminary than Karen Abbott (she o the best-selling Sin   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Lonely Christopher The Mechanics Of Homosexual Intercourse

Love, hate and other fundamental procedures.

 Damn straight I judge books by their covers, and I judged the hell out of Lonely Christopher’s The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Tom Rachman The Imperfectionists

The Times’ Roman holiday.

On the cynical face of it, it is unsurprising that Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists (The Dial, 288 pages, $15), has been a darling among the newspaper and magazine press over this ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Chris Cleave Incendiary

A man writes as a woman writing to Osama bin Laden.

Set in the East End of London, Chris Cleave’s 2005 debut novel, Incendiary, is formatted as a grieving housewife’s letter to Osama bin Laden, asking him to stop his campaign of terror afte ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

Win McCormack The Rajneesh Chronicles

How a red-robed cult tried to seize political power in Oregon.

It sounds like the plot of an action movie: After Bhagwan Shree (Sir God) Rajneesh arrived in America in 1981, he declared he would build a utopian farming commune in the rural town of Antelope, a Cen ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

Mia Birk Joyride

How Portland reinvented (two) wheels.

When one of the Netherlands’ major advocates for bicycling was asked this fall to what he attributed Portland’s success in becoming one of the world leaders in alternative transportation, ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

David Thomson The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

He’s still big. It’s the pictures that got small.

Like a perennial political candidate—the Ralph Nader of movie reviewing—David Thomson becomes the most resented man in film criticism every four years, or however often he publishes an upd ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 AARON MESH

Edmund Morris Colonel Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s best biographer reveals a mountain lion in winter.

His slogan was “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” but Theodore Roosevelt is now remembered mostly for the stick and almost not at all for any softness of speech. And yet it is in his qu ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Matthew Buckingham

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