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The Story About the Story II

A book criticizing critics of books.


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No offense, high-school English teachers, but you’re ruining books for everybody. Or, more to the point, the people who designed the curriculum are making you do so. That five-paragraph essay    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rob Sheffield, Turn Around Bright Eyes

Sing us a song/You’re the writer man!


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Karaoke ruined Rob Sheffield’s life, and it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to him.  In 2000, the lanky Rolling Stone writer was a 33-year-old widower living, ominously enough,    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Curtis White, The Science Delusion

Keep away from Curtis White’s brain!


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If his new book, The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers (Melville House, 224 pages, $24), is any guide, Curtis White has the same nightmare every night: Richar   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Peter Hoffmeister, Graphic the Valley

Burning bulldozers and choking mountain lions.


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Tenaya, the protagonist of Graphic the Valley (Tyrus, 265 pages, $24.95), was born in the back of an old Plymouth just west of the iconic El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park. Midway thro   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine

Talent is in the blood.


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Beau Rosenwald is not a Hollywood pretty boy. He will never be handsome.  He’s 5-foot-8, 275 pounds. But as the narrator of American Dream Machine (Tin House, 460 pages, $25.95) explains, if    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Portland’s Slabtown

From Creek Bed to Dog Hotel.


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Slabtown is not a name that resonates gladly in the hearts of Realtors. Today, the moniker most often refers only to a thin patch of inassimilable real estate around the I-405 freeway overpass, a    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Anna Keesey, Little Century

Another century, another Oregon.


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Oregon-bound from her home in Chicago, Esther Chambers gets a hopeful impression of her soon-to-be home from a train conductor who describes it as an abundant garden shaded by trees so large you c   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 HALEY MARTIN

Jim Gavin, Middle Men

Major, you better have a look at this…


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Midway through this ticking time bomb of a short-story collection about the attempted middle class, a young screenwriter receives advice from a pal of his rich, lubricated uncle: “Get in good    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARK CHRISTENSEN

Book Review: Tai Pei, by Tao Lin

Hit refresh again


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As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Jon Mooallem, Wild Ones

Even more dead polar bears.


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The conservation of American wildlife is not a happy story. Well, not one Jon Mooallem would read his 2-year-old daughter before bedtime. His debut book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdl   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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