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“Horses” by Grand Hallway: Song of the Month, September 2013

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Grand Hallway’s Tomo Nakayama sings “Horses” in Lynn Shelton’s new film Touchy Feely.

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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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“Reconstruction” by Dawn Oberg: Song of the Month, August 2013

Musician Dawn Oberg

San Francisco singer-songwriter Dawn Oberg’s “Reconstruction” is our song of the month for August 2013.

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Late Summer 2013 Reading List

Late Summer 2013 reading list books

Our staff’s late summer reading list includes titles from Masha Hamilton, Mark Kurlansky, Kate Zambreno, Tao Lin, Mary Ruefle, Matt Pine, Jesse Ball, Carol Shields, and more.

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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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Our Spring 2013 Reading List

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

There are more, but I realize listing them is just showing off which I am not averse to but hey…

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National Poetry Month 2013 Open Thread

Open Mic poetry and music reading

A wide open space to show off your original poetry, your favorite copyright-free poem, or any thoughts that you wish to share about poetry.

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Tragic Stories About Children, Nothing Gold Can Stay: Monday’s Margins

Fall in the Smokey Mountains

Notes on new books from Ron Rash and Emily Rapp, plus a well-deserved award nomination for a memoir.

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DVD Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi poster

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a subtle meditation on art and the price it exacts from those who would seek its peaks, in the fascinating context of the sushi world.

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Prometheus and the Complexities of Interpretivism

Prometheus film poster

The critical reception for Prometheus has stimulated an interesting and extended discussions regarding the film’s synthesis of religion, science, and society.

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Our 2012 Holiday Reading List

Building Stories

This month’s books include titles from Jared Diamond, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Laura Moriarty, Joe Bageant, Susannah Cahalan and many other unique voices.

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10 Best Books I Didn’t Read in 2012

The top ten books that I didn’t read this year include Hitchens’ Mortality, Ron Rash’s The Cove, and Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.

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Holiday Book Shopping Guides, Best of 2012 Roundup: Monday’s Margins

Christmas Tree Made of Books

A look at critics’ favorite books of 2012, holiday book shopping guides, and a year in reading.

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Bruce, by Peter Ames Carlin: A Springsteen Biography

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin cover

Peter Ames Carlin’s Bruce is the first Springsteen biography in 25 years to be written with complete access to the Boss.

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