Notes From Ann: Under the Influence

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I know a bad book when I see one. I can usually tell in a matter of sentences, certainly in a matter of paragraphs, when I’m not going to like something. What’s even more frustrating than the bad books are the books that are just okay, the books that seem fine but never really amount to anything. Those are the books I read all the way to the end thinking that they’re going to get better, and when they don’t get better I feel frustrated that I wasted my time. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Strong Opinions

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Storeroom

A couple of weeks ago I was in the storeroom at Parnassus, which is sort of a large, messy closet where the books that come into the store are first unboxed and entered into the computer system. It’s the best place to find Tristan Hickey, because he’s so good at the whole book receiving thing. I asked Tristan what he’d been reading and he told me he’d just finished Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One and thought it was great. Read the rest of this entry »

Edith Wins!

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Forgive me for posting again so soon but this news can’t wait: Edith Pearlman just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book, Binocular Vision – New and Selected StoriesOf all the exciting things that have been going on lately, nothing is as good as this. Read the rest of this entry »

Writers’ Lives Are Not Actually Like This Under Most Circumstances

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There’s been a lot going on these past few weeks and I feel like posting a disclaimer — Writers’ lives are not actually like this under most circumstances. I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking that this is going to be an exciting blog. For the most part I plan to talk about books (and I will in just a minute), but first, Mr. Colbert. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Traveling

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I’ve been traveling these past ten days, and that means I’ve been getting a lot of reading done. I believe I am at least 10% smarter at 37,000 feet, but that may be because I know the phone isn’t going to ring and I don’t need to flip the laundry and I can’t check my email (well, that’s not entirely true: I was a little horrified to discover that I can now check email on American.) Of course I brought a lot of books with me. Read the rest of this entry »