It doesn’t take more than a quick look at the dates on our posts to notice a large gap—perhaps the largest yet. For the last month and a half, I’ve only had time for teaching and one writing project—a book. The need for doing things like sleeping and eating—occasionally even showering and shaving—left me
By now, nearly all book lovers have heard that on Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced this year’s awards, declining to award a prize in the fiction category. The interwebs have been jumping with reactions, some outraged, some quiet, some helpful, some not. Here are some of the more interesting (to me) opinions for
The Coffins of Little Hope is Timothy Schaffert’s fourth book but apparently the first one to garner a review in the New York Times. Published by one of my favorite small presses, Unbridled Books, the novel releases in hardcover on April 19. I’ve heard bits and pieces about this novel, but the NYT review
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human is the newest (January 2011) by V. S. Ramachandran. If you listen to WNYC’s Radiolab podcast, you’ll recognize the name of the author. Ramachandran is an amazing neuroscientist whose regular appearance on Radiolab often comes with not only a cool accent but also mind-wrinkling
If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you will notice a significant change, with the most obvious being that of design. The new design offers more structure, more room for social media, and a better use of a featured post-slider at the top. The most important change, however, is that The Discarded
Front&Centre is seeking edgy short fiction [HT: Places for Writers]: We are looking for fiction set in a realist tone, that concerns the contemporary. We are strictly non-genre and DO NOT publish science fiction, horror, fantasy or fluff of any kind. We prefer dirty realism, urban angst, noir and tales of ordinary woe. Otherwise,
A.C. Grayling on Paul Murdin’s Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos: Jeremiah Horrocks and his friend William Crabtree were ecstatic when they observed the transit of Venus on 24 November 1639. Horrocks had predicted the date of the transit by carefully applying Kepler’s Rudolphine Tables of planetary motion, published twelve years before.
Publishers Weekly is reporting on a hard-working YA novelist, David Michael Slater, who finds himself in a difficult place: on the one hand, people are finally talking about his books, on the other, they find them to be heretical: In the first installment, The Book of Nonsense (2008), the twins uncover secrets about their