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“So many books, so little time”*…

What’s a reader to do?  The disciplined Matt Kahn has a plan:  he’s reading– and reviewing– every one of the novels that reached the number one spot on Publishers Weekly annual bestsellers list, starting in 1913. All 94 of them.

Check out the list, and follow Matt’s progress at Kahn’s Corner.

On a related note, readers who followed last year’s Tournament of Books, might want to check in on this year’s.

* Frank Zappa

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As we renew our library cards, we might send wistful birthday greetings to Douglas Noel Adams; he was born on this date in 1952.  A writer and dramatist best remembered as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Adams surely, by merit, belonged on Kahn’s list.  That will never be; Adams passed away in 2001.  Still, one can honor his memory in a couple of month’s time by celebrating Towel Day.

[bookshelves photo sourced here; Douglas Adams, here]

Written by LW

March 11, 2013 at 1:01 am

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Once again, it’s that time of year when otherwise mature adults paint their faces in the palettes of their favorite book jacket designers, and all across Facebook college kids post pictures of themselves Nabokoving. Yes, we’re talking about book awards season.

We are excited this morning to announce the books, judges, brackets, and Zombie poll that will become The Morning News 2012 Tournament of Books…

Whether it’s your first time or your eighth time, here’s the deal. A ridiculously small and poorly informed group of TMN editors and contributors have chosen 16 of the most cherished, hyped, ignored, and/or enthusiastically praised books of the year to enter into a month-long tournament, NCAA-basketball-madness style, beginning March 7, 2012.

To create that list, we drew from a body of titles that we started building last January, and also consulted our TMN readers, where people like you, maybe even actually you, suggested their top reads of the year. Still, these are not the best 16 books of the year. You could produce another list of 16 books that would be every bit as deserving. Some books were dismissed for petty reasons. Some books were no doubt included for arbitrarily aesthetic ones. And there’s no getting around any of that, as far as we can tell…

More on “the other March Madness” here.  Download the brackets (PDF) here.

 

As we page Evelyn Wood, we might recall that it was on this date in 1943 that Existentialist philosopher, playwright (and first-cousin-once-removed of Albert Schweitzer) Jean-Paul Sartre published Being and Nothingness.  In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature…  but refused it in protest of “the bourgeois values of society.”

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Written by LW

January 20, 2012 at 1:01 am

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