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A Joyce Occasion
On Bloomsday, Ulysses bursts out of its pages and takes over the streets of Dublin JUST BEFORE DAWN ON JUNE 16 EVERY YEAR, RESTAURANT OWNER JAMES McNALLY FRIES ABOUT 150 kidneys for breakfast, one for each of his guests. Most of them travel a great...
Call of the Wild
At Mac's Fireweed in the Yukon, books are the journey's end WITH ONLY TWO DAILY flights arriving at the airport and one paved highway that passes through, Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon Territory, definitely qualifies as remote. In winters,...
Chosen
Witty, worldly and wise, Powell's novels, written between the Jazz Age and the Beat Era, still have a remarkably contemporary and urban feel. In this 1940 screwball comedy, everyone is scheming. Follow the misadventures of Jay Donavan and Lou Oliver,...
Cult Attraction
Several new novels describe the dangers of religious fanaticism IN THE LATE '80S, MARGARET Peterson Haddix, then a reporter for the Indianapolis News, was assigned a story on the Indianapolis Church of Christ, which had been accused by its former...
Discussion Questions
Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose What does this novel gain by having Oliver and Susan's story told by someone who is much more than a mere narrative voice? How do you react to Lyman Ward's own story? What does he hope to learn from writing about...
Eavesdropping
LURED BY THE DUAL PROMISES OF A MIDDAY MEAL AT A FAMOUS Brooklyn eatery and the opportunity to meet an admired colleague, Colson Whitehead and Walter Mosley accepted an invitation from Book to dine at Junior's Restaurant a couple of months before Whitehead's...
Investigating the Information Age
This past February, former ABC News producer James Bamford glanced at a newspaper and saw a story about a Russian mole captured by the FBI along with a photograph of Robert Hanssen--the FBI agent accused of fifteen years' worth of spying and an old...
Jacquelyn Mitchard's Custodial Duties
It took three calls before Jacquelyn Mitchard realized it really was Oprah on the other end of the phone and not a friend pulling a prank. It was 1996, and Winfrey was excited about Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean. "Oprah told me,...
JONA'S Inspiration
JOANNA WAITE JOINED THE EL CAJON BOOK BECAUSE OF HELEN Hooven Santmeyer's ... And ladies of the Club. The moment she finish reading the 1,176-page novel, she knew she wanted to be in a group of her own. Santmeyer's 1982 epic, published when she was...
Joyce Carol Oates
She has been a Critical favorite for More than thirty years. But now, 1996's We Were the Mulvaneys Has propelled her to The top of the charts Although JOYCE CAROL OATES ENJOYS THE occasional pay-per-view boxing match, the sixty-two-year-old author...
Letters
Don't touch that dial Thank you for the "Radiohead" article about Ira Glass and This American Life in the March/April 2001 issue. However, Cara Jepsen makes the statement, "[Glass] began his radio career at NPR while majoring in semiotics at Brown...
Letter to Readers
WITH THE WEATHER PROMISING to warm up, I think back on what seemed like a very hot summer three years ago, when we were first beginning this magazine. A little short on resources, we needed what one always needs when beginning a new enterprise: Great...
Life among the Debris
PEOPLE LOSE THEMSELVES IN books all the time. That's supposed to mean they're so engaged they lose track of time, or forget to eat. But as a volunteer and former board member at my local library, I've seen the phrase take on new meaning. I've discovered...
Lightening the Load
Electronic textbooks may take some of the burden off students' shoulders ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES FROM YALE TO UCLA, IT'S A SIGHT as ubiquitous as crowded lecture halls and football tailgate parties: young men and women scurrying between classes, stooped...
Summer Fun
Books can be a great part of the long, hot season ONE OF THE PLEASURES OF being a children's librarian is hearing the wide range of topics kids ask about: "Where are the books on snakes?" "Do you have a book of magic tricks?" "I want a book just...
The After-School Bunch
Sharpen your pencil take a seat and get ready for a few lessons IN THE SUN-BLEACHED STRETCHES of San Diego's suburbs, packs of teachers forage after hours through books, searching for provisions. It's a book club made up of members of the Cajon...
The Complicated Life of Louise Erdrich
With a new book, a new baby and a new business, she's not giving history the time to catch up In the past year alone, Louise Erdrich completed one novel, nearly finished another, opened a bookstore and, at forty-six, gave birth to a daughter named...
The Days of Summer
(and not a dog in sight) SURE, WE'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE SAME OLD SUMMER DRILL: Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Barbecue. Barbecue. Barbecue. And what about the dog days in between? For that matter, what about National Columnists'...
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