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Don’t Make Me Think!

Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability is to web design what Strunk & White's Elements of Style is to formal writing.Here's a sample from Chapter Two, "How We REALLY Use the Web," that exemplifies the theme quite nicely:When we're creating sites, we act as though people are going …

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Edward Hopper

by Carol Troyen, Judith Barter, and Elliot Davis (MFA Publications, 288 pages) - Reviewed by Robert BirnbaumOther than Grant Wood's American Gothic and Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers, there is no American painter whose work is as embedded in this nation's iconography as Edward Hopper. "Nighthawks," "Early Sunday Morning," "Automat" and "New York Movie" …

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God is Not Great?

Christopher Hitchens' new one, god is not Great, or however you capitalize it, is, according to the LA Times, "An atheistic rant that is, well, just preaching to the choir."The Washington Post called it "an unrelenting enumeration of religion's sins and wickedness, written with much of the rhetorical pomp and all of the imperial condescension …

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PEN World Voices Audio

Audio from the recent PEN World Voices Festival is now available online...April 24 | Green Thoughts: Writers on the Environment: A reading with Billy Collins, Jonathan Franzen, Moses Isegawa, Pico Iyer, Geert Mak, Marilynne Robinson, Roxana Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Gary Shteyngart, Janne Teller, Colson Whitehead.April 25 | Town Hall Readings: Writing Home: With Don DeLillo, …

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Thursday Roundup: McCann, Pamuk, and Saving Atlanta’s Book Review

Birnbaum and Colum McCann sat in a ragtop by the Charles River and talked about McCann's new book, Zoli. McCann said: "The older you get and the more you get into writing, it's really interesting how terrifying each new novel becomes."'Protect Atlanta's Book Review': The city of Atlanta wants a robust, reader-friendly, intelligent book review, …

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Odds and Ends

ComeBack by Claire and Mia Fontaine, whom I interviewed last year, is out on paperback and is the Target Bookmarked Club Pick for Winter 2007.Though it's been blogged about many times and many ways, Miranda July has the coolest book site ever.Also not exactly a secret: Lethem has a new novel, You Don't Love Me …

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