Bites: Bookslut on Tao Lin, Tao Lin on Bookslut review, J.R.R. Tolkien’s family are gonna get paid, more Proust, Generation X playlists, more

Bookslut reviews Shoplifting From American Apparel.  Tao Lin calls this review ‘damning’  via his Twitter. Everything is totally cool between the heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien and HarperCollins.  (Thanks Vulture) New Yorker weighs in on Times Square vs. The High Line Sarkozy had more in common with Napoleon than you thought. (Thanks The Awl) Chicago Subtext asks: “What book would Oprah never, ever pick as a book club selection? Why?”  I sat long and hard on this one, and came up […]

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Bites: Reading Rainbow, Doctorow’s latest, a Twitter opera, and more

R.I.P. Butterfly in the Sky.  (If you can’t place the line, Reading Rainbow is dead.) E.L Doctorow’s new novel Homer and Langley is ready, and reviewers can’t stop comparing it to Ragtime.  Okay, he’s a “special genius for ellipsis,” blah blah blah.  Whatever, “the scandalous allure of a New York tabloid series” is totally exciting to me. On the High Line, there is a new art installation visible especially at night.  While not naked hotel-guests, the exhilerating sense of that […]

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