Yearly Archive for 2010

: 2010

The ones to watch

The New Yorker recently announced their list of “20 Under 40″, a compilation of up-and-coming young writers “who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.” The list

Protesters to challenge Ferguson Library cuts

A protest has been organized to speak out against the proposed cuts in city funding for the Ferguson Library, at 4:30 p.m. today at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. Budget cuts could lead

New books

I’ve been meaning to read Ian McEwan’s new novel “Solar” since it came out on March 30 — a new novel by McEwan is always a large treat for me, and I’ve been savoring the prospect of this new read.

‘The Lincoln of our literature’

“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet.
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Mark Twain’s library legacy

Mark Twain: literary lion, steamboat pilot, intrepid adventurer, American legend, and…ferocious critic. As the 100th anniversary of Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ death approaches (on Wednesday), another
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Wrestling’s “Cocktail of Death” author tours

Update: An earlier version of this post mixed up the dates for Muchnick’s book tour. See the correct dates below! Author Irvin Muchnick will drop by Borders Thursday night, promoting his book “CHRIS

Trouble with “The Children’s Book”

I wanted to love “The Children’s Book”, by A.S. Byatt. I really did. It boasted a complex array of characters, a historically fascinating setting, a plot that twisted into the thickets of intrigue and

Salinger letters emerge

Between the years of 1951 and 1993, Salinger wrote a series of letters to his friend E. Michael Mitchell, a graphic artist who designed the original jacket cover of “The Catcher in the Rye” (that
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Holden in the movies?

I came across this article recently about the prospect of filming “Catcher in the Rye”, and whether or not the book really is “unfilmable.”  Salinger naturally refused to sell the rights during his
Categories: classics, General, Movies

Not-always-so-sweet emotion

Salinger scares up a perfect summation of adolescence in the initial scenes between Holden and his roommate, Stradlater. Stradlater, who is obviously the ladies man that Holden is not, reveals he has
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