Author Archives: Matt Borondy

New Malcolm Gladwell and T.C. Boyle: Monday’s Margins

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

This week’s new books include titles from Malcolm Gladwell, T. C. Boyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Identity Theory contributor Joseph Bates, and spy-turned-novelist Valerie Plame.

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#RockBannedBooks

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In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28), we created the Twitter hashtag #RockBannedBooks to raise awareness of books that have been banned or contested.

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SLEEP, by Ted Spagna

Ted Spagna Sleep cover

“Ted Spagna’s photographs have done more than any other medium to make sleep science visible and, hence, directly understandable to the general public.”

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Stephen King, Julian Barnes, and Banned Books: Monday’s Margins

Doctor Sleep Stephen King cover

New books from Stephen King and Julian Barnes his stores this week, which is banned books week. Also: a Brooklyn Book Festival recap, and Leonard Cohen, the novelist.

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10 Donald Hall Quotes

poet donald hall

“Let us stifle under mud at the pond’s edge
and affirm that it is fitting
and delicious to lose everything.”

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Young People’s Literature and New Thomas Pynchon: Monday’s Margins

Thomas Pynchon Bleeding Edge

This week brings us new books from Thomas Pynchon, Nicholson Baker, Jesmyn Ward, and Art Spiegelman as well as the National Book Foundation’s inaugural Young People’s Literature Longlist.

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Used Book Review: Pocket Kings, by Ted Heller

Pocket Kings by Ted Heller

A middle-aged loser-ish writer struggling to shop his shockingly misanthropic third novel falls into a pit of literary despair but discovers that he has a natural talent for online poker.

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Interview: Ruth Ozeki, Author of A Tale for the Time Being

author Ruth Ozeki

“The earthquake and tsunami forced me to put myself on the line, as it were, and to step into the fictional world and participate.”

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Jonathan Lethem and Better Literary Conversations: Monday’s Margins

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem

New books this week from Jonathan Lethem, Alice McDermott and others. Also: creating better literary conversations, lying about reading books, and ending the publishing industry’s long war on technology.

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Is Obama Dissing Indie Bookstores?: Monday’s Margins

Serena movie still with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

Is Obama dissing indie bookstores? Why is self-publishing still scorned by literary awards? Why should anyone make words in the age of the image?

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The Girlfriend Game: 5 Questions with Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

“Spin the wheel and get a girlfriend. Will she be Vera Nabokov, or will she be Zelda Fitzgerald? Just be nice to her.”

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Interview: Emily Rapp, Author of The Still Point of the Turning World

Author Emily Rapp with child Ronan

“I think experiences of joyfulness are more magnified, more fully experienced, when you have known true suffering, because you understand that all of these great epic feelings are blips, really.”

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Interview: Elliott Holt, Author of You Are One of Them

Author Elliott Holt

“I have to write the stories I want to write, in the way that I want to write them. The motivation has to come from me, not from other people.”

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Author Q&A: Kyle Minor (In the Devil’s Territory)

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“I think I’d rather spend time with people who read broadly and deeply. They tend to be smarter, more interesting, more likely to have a little societal compassion (but not always).”

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Bookslut’s Little Sister and a Son’s Journey into His Father’s Life: Monday’s Margins

Spolia Magazine cover

Bookslut has created “a monthly literary magazine, devoted to the strange and to the wise.” Also links to new books by Stephen Rodrick and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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