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March 17, 2013 | Carolyn Kellogg
From a distance, wearing plaid and slightly grizzled, Sam Lipsyte looks like a grumpy lumberjack -- although there are not many lumberjacks standing at the gate of Columbia University in Manhattan. And up close, it's clear he's not grumpy at all: Lipsyte has an air of restrained amusement that's perfect for one of America's best satiric writers. His writing often features arrested-development characters similar to Judd Apatow's heroes -- but Lipsyte's guys don't get gorgeous girls or happy endings.
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June 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ira Silverberg, the high-powered literary agent who left New York to become the director of Literature Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., is returning to his roots. The NEA announced Monday that Silverberg, who joined the agency in October 2011, will depart the agency on July 11. In a statement, Silverberg said, "My time here has been nothing but extraordinary. Having had a chance to see, first hand, the various transitions our field is going through -- podcasts, e-books, changes in the retail landscape -- has been humbling.
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February 28, 2010 | By Akiva Gottlieb
The Ask A Novel Sam Lipsyte Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 296 pp., $25 According to Santa Fe Institute economist Samuel Bowles, roughly one out of every four Americans is now employed guarding the wealth of the rich. This "guard labor" is loosely defined -- it could refer to George Clooney's corporate enforcer in "Up in the Air" or a Wal-Mart rent-a-cop -- but it's clear that anyone employed in this capacity is not making a productive contribution to society; their job is to maintain a rigorous enforcement of the status quo. Worse, anyone born into this indentured servitude is statistically unlikely to rise beyond it. It's a perfectly (and permanently)
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March 17, 2013 | Carolyn Kellogg
From a distance, wearing plaid and slightly grizzled, Sam Lipsyte looks like a grumpy lumberjack -- although there are not many lumberjacks standing at the gate of Columbia University in Manhattan. And up close, it's clear he's not grumpy at all: Lipsyte has an air of restrained amusement that's perfect for one of America's best satiric writers. His writing often features arrested-development characters similar to Judd Apatow's heroes -- but Lipsyte's guys don't get gorgeous girls or happy endings.
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December 27, 2009
Rebecca Skloot author When Rebecca Skloot was a high school student, she learned about HeLa cells, the first human cells to be successfully reproduced in a lab. They'd become the standard for medical research, classrooms, even in space -- and they came from somewhere. Rather, from someone: Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American mother of four, or more accurately from the cancer that took her life. The story stuck with Skloot -- who grew up to be a science journalist -- and now centers her February book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (Crown: 368 pp., $26)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ira Silverberg, the high-powered literary agent who left New York to become the director of Literature Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., is returning to his roots. The NEA announced Monday that Silverberg, who joined the agency in October 2011, will depart the agency on July 11. In a statement, Silverberg said, "My time here has been nothing but extraordinary. Having had a chance to see, first hand, the various transitions our field is going through -- podcasts, e-books, changes in the retail landscape -- has been humbling.
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November 8, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The blankets, coats and diapers are all answers to a looming question: What can I do to help victims of Hurricane Sandy? And now there's another, literary solution: the Defiance Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook . Red Hook, a relatively isolated New York City community that's a mixture of artists, industrial buildings and public housing projects, was hard hit by the massive October storm. Pictures of a flooded Red Hook were among the first to be circulated showing how much damage Hurricane Sandy was causing.
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March 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Eighty years ago Friday, young Eudora Welty sent a letter to the New Yorker seeking employment. This was four decades before she would win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Optimist's Daughter" and five decades before "The Collected Works of Eudora Welty" won a National Book Award -- but she showed tremendous promise, writerly skill and lighthearted charm. Here's a portion: "I am 23 years old, six weeks on the loose in N.Y. However, I was a New Yorker for a whole year in 1930-31 while attending advertising classes in Columbia's School of Business.
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December 9, 2007
Two authors respond to Times' staff writer David Sarno's questions about the e-book reader Kindle ( original story here ) Many thanks for having me in mind. Your question is undoubtedly the question of the early 21st century (aside from war and peace), and since it concerns the future of "print" (which now requires quote marks!), it's impossible to answer. May I give you some small hesitant response here and now, among these phantom pixels? I've seen a promotional video of Kindle, and have been suitably amazed and impressed.
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October 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
British publisher Hamish Hamilton, which is behind the literary magazine Five Dials , is going where it has never gone before: to the record bin. The magazine has issued a limited-edition album, Five Dials 001. The magazine's first-ever release on vinyl is, it says, "a 10-inch dub remix of Hollis Hampton-Jones' novel, 'Comes the Night.'" Hold up: A dub remix of a novel ? Hard to imagine. Luckily, they have a detailed description: "For this one-off audio experiment, Hollis is backed by Ryan Norris, a member of the Nashville-based band Lambchop.
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March 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Eighty years ago Friday, young Eudora Welty sent a letter to the New Yorker seeking employment. This was four decades before she would win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Optimist's Daughter" and five decades before "The Collected Works of Eudora Welty" won a National Book Award -- but she showed tremendous promise, writerly skill and lighthearted charm. Here's a portion: "I am 23 years old, six weeks on the loose in N.Y. However, I was a New Yorker for a whole year in 1930-31 while attending advertising classes in Columbia's School of Business.
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November 8, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The blankets, coats and diapers are all answers to a looming question: What can I do to help victims of Hurricane Sandy? And now there's another, literary solution: the Defiance Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook . Red Hook, a relatively isolated New York City community that's a mixture of artists, industrial buildings and public housing projects, was hard hit by the massive October storm. Pictures of a flooded Red Hook were among the first to be circulated showing how much damage Hurricane Sandy was causing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2010 | By Akiva Gottlieb
The Ask A Novel Sam Lipsyte Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 296 pp., $25 According to Santa Fe Institute economist Samuel Bowles, roughly one out of every four Americans is now employed guarding the wealth of the rich. This "guard labor" is loosely defined -- it could refer to George Clooney's corporate enforcer in "Up in the Air" or a Wal-Mart rent-a-cop -- but it's clear that anyone employed in this capacity is not making a productive contribution to society; their job is to maintain a rigorous enforcement of the status quo. Worse, anyone born into this indentured servitude is statistically unlikely to rise beyond it. It's a perfectly (and permanently)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2009
Rebecca Skloot author When Rebecca Skloot was a high school student, she learned about HeLa cells, the first human cells to be successfully reproduced in a lab. They'd become the standard for medical research, classrooms, even in space -- and they came from somewhere. Rather, from someone: Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American mother of four, or more accurately from the cancer that took her life. The story stuck with Skloot -- who grew up to be a science journalist -- and now centers her February book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (Crown: 368 pp., $26)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2007
Two authors respond to Times' staff writer David Sarno's questions about the e-book reader Kindle ( original story here ) Many thanks for having me in mind. Your question is undoubtedly the question of the early 21st century (aside from war and peace), and since it concerns the future of "print" (which now requires quote marks!), it's impossible to answer. May I give you some small hesitant response here and now, among these phantom pixels? I've seen a promotional video of Kindle, and have been suitably amazed and impressed.
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March 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Join us for a live video chat with Hugh Howey , author of the sensational dystopia "Wool. " First self-published as an e-book -- as a single short story, even -- "Wool" gained its own momentum and is now a 528-page print book published this month by Simon & Schuster. Yes, Howey wrote a little bit more after the initial short story was finished. "Wool" is a dystopia in which a community lives in a 100-story tube, connected by a narrow spiral staircase at its center.
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January 16, 2005 | Susan Salter Reynolds
The Year Is '42 A Novel Nella Bielski Translated from the French by John Berger and Lisa Appignanesi Pantheon: 224 pp., $18.95 April 1942; the novel opens in Paris on Karl Bazinger's day off. An officer in the Wehrmacht stationed for two years in Paris, Karl worries that the Gestapo has already identified him as a nonbeliever in its cause. He has been warned about his references to the war as a "fatal folly." He is asked, to his great revulsion, to spy on his French friends.
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