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Sick, Sick, Sick

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1. We don't hear enough about cartoonist Jules Feiffer these days, so this interview is a nice refresher. (Via Slut).



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Good Ideas

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1. Now this is a good idea. I've said this before and I'll keep saying it: readers are ready for e-books, but we don't want to buy puffed-up $400 Kindles or $300 Sony Readers. We want to read e-books on the devices that are already in our pockets: iPhones, Blackberrys, high-end full-screen cell phones. This is the way e-books will succeed in the marketplace.



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Reviewing the Review: May 18 2008

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It would take more number-crunching than I'm willing to do on a Sunday to prove this, but I'm pretty sure the New York Times Book Review has been publishing more front-page rave reviews of breakout novels by unknown authors in the past couple of years than usual. I'm not talking about good reviews -- I'm talking about those rare moments where you can just see the blush in the amazed critic's cheek.



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Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie and Mario Vargas Llosa at PEN World Voices

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"You'll notice an empty chair has been placed next to the podium on stage. This is to symbolize those writers who could not be here today due to political oppression."



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A Glimpse of Burma

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A lunchtime PEN World Voices panel with global journalist Ian Buruma, Burmese author Thant Myint-U and Words Without Borders editor Dedi Felman today offered a look at the modern history and current politics of Burma, the Southeast Asian nation that all three panelists agreed was little understood around the world. I arrived at this panel discussion knowing almost nothing of this nation's culture and society (and not for lack of interest), so I believe they're right.



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Mia Farrow and Bernard-Henri Levy Urge Hope, Action, Olympic Boycott for Darfur

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At one of the kickoff events for New York City's PEN World Voices festival,actress Mia Farrow, critic Bernard-Henri Levy and novelist Dinaw Mengestu met tonight at the Alliance Francais to discuss the ongoing genocidal situation in Darfur, which has gotten no better after five years of worldwide apathy.



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Mark Vonnegut in Tribeca

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World

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1. PEN World Voices, easily the best ongoing literary festival in New York City, will take place from April 29 to May 4 this year.



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Bob and Ray! (And Chris, and Keith Olbermann)

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1. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC is my favorite TV news reporter, not just because he was among the first newscasters to bravely speak the bitter truth about the incredible ineptitude of our current national leadership, but also because he always delivers his strong words with such a likable smile.



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The Literary Locavore: Fiction from New York City

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I'd like to be a locavore. Seriously, I would. But I'd have to find a Taco Bell that gets all its ingredients from farms in New York City.

Till then, I can be a literary locavore. Here are four recently published books with lots of New York City flavor.

The Kept Man by Jami Attenberg



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