Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Library-Journal “Pre-Pub” Alert on “The Night Strangers”

Earlier this month, Library Journal previewed “The Night Strangers” in their “pre-pub” alert column. There are a number of terrific books arriving this autumn, including novels by Amos Oz, Lisa Black, and Russell Banks. To read about all of them, … Continue reading

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Some enchanted evening: A review of Chris Adrian’s “The Great Night”

Recently when British novelist David Mitchell was a guest on the National Public Radio show “Fresh Air,’’ he told host Terry Gross, “Shakespeare cleaned everything up. There’s no new turf after him, really. All the postmodern themes, the play-within-a-play, metafiction, … Continue reading

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Time for Peeps on earth

I have never been shy about how much I like my Peeps. In this case, I am not referring to friends or buddies, as in, “I was hangin’ with my peeps watchin’ Nightline.” The fact is, no one who calls … Continue reading

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Today is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, April 24

A photo. Two survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and their son: My father. This photo was taken in 1932.

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Ward Just’s ‘Rodin’s Debutante’: Coming of age in post-World War II Chicago

There is a Chinese proverb that I recalled once before when reading Ward Just, and I thought of it again while considering his wistful, pensive new novel, “Rodin’s Debutante.” It goes like this: “There are three truths: my truth, your … Continue reading

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Beauty pageant contestant walks the talk for the homeless shelter

Someday a Vermonter is going to be crowned Miss America. And someday Paris Hilton is going to be governor of California, Lindsay Lohan is going to play Lady Macbeth, and Snooki Polizzi is going to be paid more than Toni … Continue reading

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Libraries put their cards on the table.

If you really want to irritate Marti Fiske, bring up Marian the Librarian. Marian was the prim and proper River City librarian with sensible shoes from “The Music Man.” Or just sidle up to someone at the Dorothy Alling Memorial … Continue reading

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