1. Patrick deWitt, Evan P. Schneider, & Erin Ergenbright organized according to height. 2. Crowd organized according to lighting inside Valentine’s. I didn’t go upstairs, but crowd was there too. 3. Even if you don’t smoke, it’s nice to talk outside during the break.     At Literary Mixtape #8, co-hosts Erik Bader and Matthew Korfhage invited guests Patrick [...]

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1. J.E. Reich’s story, her beer, and Franzen-as-coaster. Sorry, Franzen. 2. Julia Bartz, Wisconsin, the man named Fernando. 3. Bryant Musgrove and the word “recockulous.”    I like Vol. 1 Brooklyn a lot. It reminds me of California. Besides being really smart, Vol. 1’s daily content includes regular appearances by punk rock, hand-aggregated literary links, and reviews of some of [...]

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1. I’m not sure if this photo does the crowd justice, but let me tell you– Greenlight was packed. 2. The two litstars and friends, in conversation.   I got to Greenlight a few minutes after seven last night, thinking that would give me plenty of time to find a seat for Nathan Englander‘s reading [...]

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1. Christine Utz grips the audience in an important discourse on spirituality at OWS. Editor of OR Books, Colin Robinson, is thoroughly engaged. 2. Ed Kearns, Brooklyn-based writer and 99%er, is responsible for getting contributor Jon L. Peacock out of bed in the early hour of the movement’s eviction from Zuccotti Park.    The book that breaks the scene [...]

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“It’s halftime in America,” Clint Eastwood said on Super Bowl Sunday. It was during an ad that caused all the conversations at the party I was at to stop (mostly so everyone could say, “Is that Clint Eastwood?”). But now that the bacon explosion has settled and I’ve given the ad a second look, it’s [...]

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Emma Straub is a bit of an anomaly in the publishing business: She’s smiley, she’s blond, she doesn’t wear all black. She likes social networking, especially Twitter. She isn’t afraid to get all lowbrow and confess her love for things like The Bachelor and the New Kids on the Block. And she’s nice—really, really nice. [...]

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The book xylophone needs no explanation. But if you’re curious and can read Japanese, you should go here. For those who are curious and can’t read Japanese, let Google Translate help: “Xylophone instrument called the sound is not it come out like a book when I was also xylophone After processing. Is made from wood?” [...]

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Jonathan Franzen hates eBooks. If that statement fails to shock, maybe it’s because it’s old news (appearing as headlines here and here), or maybe it’s because, well, who cares? The response to Franzen’s anti-ebook statements at his recent—and first ever—press conference was very much divided (comments at the Huffington Post offer a good sampling of both [...]

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1. Michael Signorelli, Adam’s editor and beer rest; Adam Wilson, writer, Faster Times editor, mean-mugger; Sarah Rapp, Adam’s girlfriend and community manager at Behance; and Amanda Bullock, the Housing Works events director who brought these lit-loving beer-drinkers together. 2. Joe, Penguin representative, Tiffany, book blogger, and Robert, tie-wearing MTA employee who couldn’t tell me when I’ll be [...]

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Welcome back to the Critical Hit Awards for book reviews. This is a round-up, a recommended reading list, and—why not?—a terribly prestigious and coveted prize. Nominate your favorite review of the month by tweeting it at @electriclit with the hashtag #criticalhit or cast your vote in the comments section below.   Hard to believe, but [...]

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