• fusion city! Wondering what to do with your Monday night? Join me at San Francisco’s Edinburgh Castle Pub. Kate Braverman is hosting a new series billed as a “literary talk show,” and this is the second event in the series. We’ll sort of be talking about first novels, but with Kate at the helm, anything could happen. […]
  • on the wrong side of history from AP: More than 150 nations agreed Saturday to launch formal talks on mandatory post-2012 reductions in greenhouse gases — talks that will exclude an unwilling United States. For its part the Bush administration, which rejects the emissions cutbacks of the current Kyoto Protocol, accepted only a watered-down proposal to enter an exploratory global “dialogue” […]
  • booknote from LBL: What Remains Lauren Baratz Logsted here again, with talk of the mysterious Apache Woman What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love, Carole Radziwill. This book is a good companion piece to Joan Didion’s National Book Award winner, The Year of Magical Thinking. Ms. Radziwill is the wife of the late Anthony Radziwill, who died after […]
  • don’t you wish this guy was still president? Clinton’s speaking at the U.N. conference in Montreal today on behalf of the Kyoto pact–you know, the global environmental treaty that he championed but that Bush promptly backed down from the moment he stepped into office. The Bush administration says it prefers to deal with climate issues on a bilateral or regional basis, not through […]
  • concordance I found something amusing on Amazon today. There’s a concordance for my story collection, The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. The concordance lists the 100 most frequently used words in the book. They tend toward the masculine–ivan, jake, jimmy, john, sven. One thing is clear from this list: characters in the book, for better or […]
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