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Interview: John H. Summers on The Baffler

John H Summers

Historian and publisher of the renascent Baffler magazine, John H. Summers has not exactly taken a direct route to heading a publication whose significance he compares to Dwight Macdonald’s mid-century journal, Politics.

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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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Pete Hamill

Self-described “aging Celtic scribe” Pete Hamill is, in the argot of our time, an old-school journalist and writer. Born in Brooklyn during the 20th century’s Great Depression, he was a high school dropout whose first interests were in the visual arts.

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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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Daniel Okrent

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Diligently and exhaustively researched, Okrent’s Last Call makes clear the numerous and varied parts to the complex story of America’s “noble experiment” to outlaw the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

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Paul Krassner

Paul Krassner

Had he only published his gadfly magazine, The Realist, he would be worthy of high praise and attention, but Krassner continues to ply his subversion in books and other places.

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Robert Stone on Damascus Gate

Robert Stone

It’s highly unlikely that if you are reading this you are unaware (or unappreciative) of American novelist Robert Stone. For what it’s worth, I rank Stone among a handful of living great American writers and have hungrily seized opportunities to chat with him.

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Howard Zinn on A People’s History of American Empire

Howard Zinn

Zinn talks about whether he has changed his views and shares his thoughts on the upcoming election and the newly published graphic/comic A People’s History of American Empire.

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Dagoberto Gilb on The Flowers

Dagoberto Gilb

Gilb’s most recent opus, The Flowers, is set in an LA-like metropolis at a time not unlike the ’90s when riots overwhelmed that city.

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Richard Ford on The Lay of the Land

richard ford

“You can’t really make the world up–make something more zany than the world is. So, I mean I can’t make anything up that isn’t already superseded by something that already is.”

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Donald Hall

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Even before he was named Poet Laureate of the United States in June 2006, Donald Hall was a familiar figure in contemporary poetry.

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Michael Lewis on The Blind Side

Michael Lewis

The Blind Side is an incredibly moving story about the remarkable reversal of fortune Michael Oher, a 6’5″, 350-pound, feral sixteen-year-old black boy from inner-city Memphis, encounters as he is adopted by a wealthy white Evangelical family.

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Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict

“Reviews can sell a book, but it doesn’t always work that they sell books. And that’s very different. We all used to look at the NYTBR and decide what the book was that we had to read. And now it’s really a little bit unclear how we decide what book we are going to read.”

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John Gimlette

John Gimlette

There is a very big difference between American and British travel journalism, and that’s this whole business of the assisted or freebie trip. In Britain we are unashamed about any travel company paying for you to go and then writing about it.

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Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano

“The richest people are suffering fear in such a proportion they cannot imagine life without this panic of being kidnapped and feeling that people hate them or I don’t know—it must be terrible.”

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