why i’ve made a podcast i won’t post: an anne tyler man booker screed

Anne Tyler fan? You may want to look away. Just as an FYI, my beef is as much with the Man Booker judges as with Anne Tyler the writer. Sure, I dislike her books. Quiet tales about domestic American life have been done far, far better than in her own novels. And sure, she's a …

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man booker 2015: what a difference a few hours make

Unbelievable. While I slept, from behind my back emerged this wee bitch of a Shortlist: Hello, political component to the Man Bookers. Ha, what am I saying. Welcome back. We hardly missed ye; never had the chance. You can't miss what hasn't had the courtesy to leave. Analysis of the analysts: Judges 2015 Ellah Wakatama …

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man booker 2015: i’m fucked

Things were going along well, so tidy, so well-kempt, all picket fences and Sunday afternoon lawnmowers pushed by men in white shirts with cut-off jeans, baseball caps protecting dear, shiny heads. All signs pointed to Marilynne Robinson for the Man Booker 2015 win. God was in his heaven. I sat on the front porch sipping …

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man booker 2015: one expert’s flawed opinions

Lo, these many years I have participated in the largely futile game of guessing the Man Booker winner. I've had successes and failures but mostly it's a maddening exercise in literary addiction, tinged with galloping insanity. Nevertheless, I am always happy to offer an opinion totally devoid of actual research or, really, much effort at …

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It’s that time: Best Books of 2011 Lists

I pity the author with a book coming out this month because you are, quite honestly, out of luck. All the majors are getting their Best Books of 2011  lists out. No one's paying attention to the new kid. My advice (worth every penny you're paying)? Consider holding off 'til next year. Better yet, wait for …

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Man Booker Prize 2011: and then there were six…

The Big Six Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House) Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books) Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta) Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail) Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury) A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic) Alright. We didn't see eye to eye on Sebastian Barry. No worries. …

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Sebastian Barry Book Signing in Skokie, IL – September 30!!!!!

  Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!   Chicago, IL    Barnes & Noble (Skokie, IL), 7:30PM     Friday, September 30     Wonder if I'm busy that day... Mayhaps I can clear my schedule.     Have I mentioned my fondness for Sebastian Barry? One Two Three Four Not lately. No, not at all.     …

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