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In defense of the tome: four books for four seasons

In defense of the tome: four books for four seasons

In July, Charles Dee Mitchell wrote an excellent article on this blog entitled “Enough with the Tomes: 4 Authors to Read in an Afternoon.” However, despite its excellent recommendations, the reverse position deserves an ardent defense.

Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

Reading the recommendations of established authors lets you look into the mind of an artist in a unique way; you don’t just see how they love to create, but the creations of others that they admire.

Darkness and laughs take center stage to celebrate Dallas Noir

Darkness and laughs take center stage to celebrate Dallas Noir

Last June, The Wild Detectives gathered together some of the Texan authors who contributed to Dallas Noir, a short stories collection set in Dallas. Matt Bondurant, Catherine Cuellar, Ben Fountain, Suzanne Frank, Daniel J. Hale, David Hale Smith, Fran Hillyer, Harry Hunsicker, Kathleen Kent and Merritt Tierce opened the also called Dallas Noir, Oak Cliff’s First Literary Festival.

Halftime balance of a year of books

Halftime balance of a year of books

Work, family, movies and miles of running. Work, friends, shows and gallons of craft beer. Work, travels, parties and a tones of wasted time online. In half a year there is room for plenty of things and probably not enough for all those goals you had in mind for the New Year. Although, when you leave January behind, does this really matter?

Reading E. L. Doctorow is the best way of paying your respects to him

Reading E. L. Doctorow is the best way of paying your respects to him

In this world of incessant breaking news, emails, texts and notifications of every kind it is hard to believe that the passing of E L Doctorow could draw much attention to his figure. Let alone to his books. We shouldn’t fool ourselves.

Enough with the tomes: 4 authors to read in an afternoon

Enough with the tomes: 4 authors to read in an afternoon

The website Vulture announced last May that we are coming up on a year of very long novels. In addition to their intimidating page counts, these novels mentioned in the Vulture article have something else in common. I will almost certainly not be reading them.

Top 5 books/stories to read for valentine’s day

Top 5 books/stories to read for valentine’s day

Our friend Cinthya Salinas, aka Eloquent Gal, has prepared a very thoughtful list of books about love. For all of you that love someone, or would like to love someone, or would like to be loved by someone, or would prefer to not to love someone, or… Well, you get the idea.

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