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Monday’s Margins: Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac

Today would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday.

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Monday’s Margins: The Power of Introverts, Nabokov, Writers’ Doubt

“When we as writers doubt our own work, it’s because we realize that it is not yet where we want it to be.”

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Monday’s Margins: Sweet Talking The Obese Naked Leaf Peeper

What can a short story do that a novel can’t do? Find out…

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The Zen of Steve Jobs

The Zen of Steve Jobs is a brief, creative re-imagining of Jobs’ relationship with the non-traditional San Francisco Zen teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa.

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Monday’s Margins: Sh*t Book Reviewers Say, Jo Nesbø, Jonathan Franzen

“I opened the door to the bite of marijuana and the vision of Strong with his boots unhooked and his pants off, passing a joint to the newest pretty-ish circus woman…”

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Monday’s Margins: Remnick on Havel; Christopher Hitchens; Gifts for Writers and Readers

Vaclev Havel has died. David Remnick composed a top-ten reading list of Vaclev Havel and Beyond…

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10 Best Books I Didn’t Read in 2011

Seriously. I go to Malaprop’s all the time and pick this book up and read the praise and think, “Wow, this must be a fucking great book.”

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Monday’s Margins: Joyce Carol Oates; Amazon Bestsellers; Occupy!

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs topped Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2011.

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Monday’s Margins: Murakami, The New Inquiry, A Year in Reading

“Is our world less real than an unreal world? And if our sense of reality has fundamentally changed, how does that affect the stories we tell?”

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Monday’s Margins: Shop Indie Bookstores; Obama’s Holiday Reading; Vonnegut

Salon reminds you to support your indie bookstore this holiday season.

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Monday’s Margins: The Future Sucks; Change It.

Newsflash: The future is boring, says Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story.“Comedies end in marriage, tragedies in death. Otherwise they aren’t so different,” says the protagonist of Siri Hustvedt‘s “exuberant” new novel, The Summer Without Men.Only posting two stories is kinda lame, we admit. We’ll work on blogging better in the future.

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Monday’s Margins: Bin Laden’s Dead and We Aren’t Going to Disney World; Famous Writers Self-Promoting from the Grave

Did you hear the news? Obama — er, Osama — was killed last night. (See facepalm above.)

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Monday’s Margins: Christopher Hitchens, Hugo Award Nominees, Roger Ebert, Daniel Okrent

Martin Amis hails the peerless intelligence and rhetorical ingenuity of his exceptional friend, Christopher Hitchens.

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Monday’s Margins: E-books, Pulitzers and a Redneck Memoir

The Morning News got it right: Shortly after winning the 2011 Tournament of Books, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.Robert Birnbaum doesn’t understand why no American publisher had the intelligence to publish Joe Bageant’s Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir.Should green-minded readers switch to e-books?Godless in Tumourville: Great, […]

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Monday’s Margins: Francisco Goldman and "Say Her Name"

Everybody’s talking about the new Francisco Goldman novel. As Michele Filgate Tweeted, “So happy to see all the Twitter love for Francisco Goldman’s SAY HER NAME. Everyone should read SHN. It’s extraordinarily good.”We found an excerpt from Say Her Name, which begins: “Aura died on July 25, 2007. I went back to Mexico for the […]

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