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5:19am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Even Mark Twain Has A Shirtless Picture On The Internet

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:50 am

A photo of Mark Twain from the 1880s.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Open Culture dug up an old picture of Mark Twain, who clearly did not heed his own (possibly apocryphal) advice: "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."
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2:20pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Book Reviews

'The Dinner' Offers Food For Thought

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:11 pm

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Food doesn't matter much in novels. Years will pass in a person's life without a single description of a snack. Not a moment between adverbs for a taco. No wonder so many characters in contemporary fiction are glum: They're not hopeless; they're hungry.

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4:58am

Wed February 20, 2013

4:55am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: New Bond, James Bond, Novel; Jane Austen's Love Lessons

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:51 am

Sean Connery during the making of the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again."
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A new James Bond novel by William Boyd will come out in the U.S. in October. The novel will be a return to the "classic" Bond, and will be set in the 1960s. Ian Fleming, the original Bond author, died in 1964.
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11:20am

Mon February 18, 2013
Book Reviews

Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 5:23 pm

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It used to be a truism among critics of British poetry that Keats and most of his fellow Romantic poets worked in the shadow of John Milton. I'm not making a perfect analogy when I suggest that most contemporary Japanese writers seem to be working under the shadow of Haruki Murakami, but I hope it highlights the spirit of the situation.

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