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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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover: 848 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316074314 ISBN-13: 978-0316074315 “Reason is no match for desire: when desire is purely and powerfully felt, it becomes a kind of reason of its own.” - The Luminaries "It’s a lot of fun, like doing a Charlotte Brontë-themed …

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Man Booker 2013. The winner is: Eleanor Catton

Congratulations, Eleanor! Seems my guess was the kiss of death for Jim Crace and NiViolet Bulwayo. Sorry about that, you two. Especially to Jim Crace. That man should not stop writing, almost as much as I should, in order to protect the innocent. I'm upset with him for his insistence he's done. He wants to …

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Booker Book: Kate Grenville – The Secret River

Paperback: 334 pages Publisher: Canongate U.S.; First Trade Paper Edition edition (April 10, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1841959146 ISBN-13: 978-1841959146 Just put me out of my misery and hand Kate Grenville her Booker Prize now, please. Though the other Longlisters I've read have been fantastic, some almost stratospherically so, I would call The Secret River …

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