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Drama, Tantrums, and Bird-Watching

July 18, 2012 | by

  • High drama at the Oxford American. What exactly is going on?
  • A (very) strong month for booksellers.The beach-read effect?
  • A list of writers who throw tantrums.
  • The great Larry McMurtry book sale.
  • An American Writers Museum?
  • “But the thing that bugs me most about Jonathan Franzen is that he’s becoming the public face of bird-watching.”
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    1. ct | July 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

      i thought you meant “bird watching” as a metaphor. christ, ship this man to the retirement home already.

    2. Lucas | July 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I found the Slate article to be one of those pieces you wonder why they wrote it. Surely there must be better things to do than digging up the author you seem to hate already, and running through your whines about him again.

    3. Joe Carlson | July 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Yes, Larry McMurty is selling a copy of THE EMIGRANT, a novel by Lyubov Dostoyevskaya (1869-1926) – published in 1913, translated into English in 1916. You can travel to Texas and make a bid or you can read read it right here! All courtesy of Bill Gates.

    4. Tom May | July 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      There’s Larry McMurtry and there’s Joe Carlson.

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