Author Archives: Matt Borondy

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

I just finished reading, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. On deck is Carl Bernstein’s A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. -Jesslyn Roebuck, contributing editor

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How to Rig an Election

For this fiction editor, no fiction lately! I recently finished How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative, am in the middle of Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind, and have Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions waiting on my nightstand after reading a […]

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Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work

I just finished reading Jason Brown’s collection of short stories, Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work, David Bornstein’s How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, and Daniel Stashower’s The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder. -Sherry Saturno, interviews editor

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The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers

Hillary Carlip, an interviewee of mine from a year ago, is back in action with a new book, A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers.Publisher’s Weekly says of the tome: “The 26 vivid photographic portraits and accompanying narratives display the author’s humor, grace and a brilliantly creative eye. Carlip’s alter egos are larger […]

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

James Warner: I just read The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, and Christine Falls by John Banville (writing under a mysterious pseudonym). I’m now engrossed in Mark Helprin’s Refiner’s Fire–not very close to me politically, that guy, but I can forgive anything of someone who writes that kind of prose.-James Warner, assistant fiction editor

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The Magus (still)

I’m just finishing The Magus, still, I’ve been on that one for a while. But as soon as I started reading it, it immediately fell into my Top 5 list. And I always take my time with those. Remembrance of Things Past, Of Human Bondage, Lolita.I’m going to be traveling most of this month, so […]

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I just finished rereading Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which is pretty great but I don’t think matches up to some of his subsequent books. Before that was South of the Border, West of the Sun (also by Murakami), and before that was a cool little comic book called Tales of Woodsman Pete, by Lilli […]

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What Birnbaum’s Reading

Human Smoke by Nick Baker, The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell, Alan Furst’s The Spy of Warsaw, Havana Deco, Jim Kunstler’s The World Made by Hand, Love Letters from a Fat Man by Naomi Benaron, The Lazarus Project by Alexander Hemon, and I am trying to make space to get back to reading Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, […]

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Roundup: Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Price, Rachel Cline

Anita Thomspon, wife of the late Hunter S. Thompson, speaks: “I’m going to get hell for this interview.”From Bookforum: James Gibbons on Richard Price’s Lush LifeBirnbaum has a new Book Digest up.Rachel Cline (My Liar) talks with January Magazine.Added to bookmarks: Overbooked

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McCain Debates Himself on Iraq

John McCain debates himself on Iraq. George W. approves.

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The World Without Us

I just finished Veronica by Mary Gaitskill. I also went to my community library for the first time since I was fourteen the other night, and I picked up The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (which I started reading last night and am already glued to), The Control of Nature by John McPhee and […]

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Shortcomings

This month I’m reading Shortcomings by Adrien Tomine, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman, and Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison.-Stephanie Johnson, copyeditor

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God is constant , governments change

Above is the full video of Rev. Wright’s speech in which he shouts “God Damn America” after listing violent racial injustices. His thesis is that God is constant and governments change and that often times the American government has gotten it wrong (segregation, slavery, internment camps, etc.). And there’s the “America’s chickens are coming home […]

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A Civil Action

I just finished A Civil Action by Jonathon Harr, a masterly piece of research, reporting, and narrative. I recently picked up Among the Thugs by Bill Buford at a tiny used bookstore. Last I night finished Marilynne Robinson’s “The Waste Land,” a sharp, short piece published in an early issue of Granta and reprinted in […]

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One Story (and, okay, more)

Bookslut interviews Maribeth Batcha, editor of the One Story literary journal: “We get about 150 submissions a week and publish 18 a year. Genre isn’t an issue. We like everything, be it straightforward or experimental, or about mothers or zombies.”Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke is dead.Not that this Onion article needs any more coverage, […]

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