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With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby from The Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication; it discusses cultural artifacts the way they actually exist in people's lives. Hornby is a voracious and unapologetic reader, and his notes on books — highbrow and otherwise — are always accessible and hilarious.

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Overview

With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby from The Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication; it discusses cultural artifacts the way they actually exist in people's lives. Hornby is a voracious and unapologetic reader, and his notes on books — highbrow and otherwise — are always accessible and hilarious.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934781296
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 966,632
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Introduction Sarah Vowell Vowell, Sarah 11 August 2006: The challenges of reading during a World Cup month; knowing too much about the author whose work you're reading; the intricacies and danger of self-deprecation 11 September 2006: How ants find their way home; the global prominence of the World Cup and the accompanying American apathy 25 October 2006: Talking seriously about bad books; hostile takeover by cockroaches; melting permafrost; post-91/11 paranoia 31 April 2007: Thomas Hardy's pallbearers; literature's obstruction by sex; quality over quantity; Robert Altman's casting choices; anthropomorphization 39 May 2007: Musical preferences of iPods; recommendations from Stephen Frears; fat wives of tobacconists; Orwell on Dickens 47 June/July 2007: Novelist as omniscient narrator; what powers the great machines of the world; good wine and Sartre; American vernacular in the mouth of an Englishman 55 August 2007: The Stasi vs. the Band; Tony Blair as a less servile Jeeves; novels that have you scurrying to the computer to look at prostitutes on the Internet 63 September 2007: Preparing for the apocalypse; the third greatest children's book of the last seventy years; blank-verse werewolf novels 71 October 2007: Coming across a chocolate fountain in the middle of the desert; John Waters-style camp; books for adults that aren't boring 79 November/December 2007: The reading month as a cake; fat readers; unreadable Marxist pamphlets; all that Old-Left aggression; The Most Inhospitable Country on Earth Cup 85 January 2008: Joel Osteen's perfect teeth; feckless American men; Tom Perrotta as Nick Hornby; reading out of fear of ignorance 93 February2008: An amazing feat of recollection; the Weather Underground; lordship over knighthood; more Dylan 101 March/April 2008: Why parents rarely go to the movies; sepia book jackets; Margaret Thatcher's repulsive jingoism; Heath Ledger and Charlotte Gainsbourg making love 109 May 2008: Thinking about not reading; a genome as long as the Danube; crossing the Atlantic on a raft vs. staying home to watch TV 117 September 2008: The film version of Dr. Dolittle; books about film; the love-child of Garrison Keillor and Shirley Jones; you, dear reader 125
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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Nooks and Crannies in the Folds of a Brilliant, Wandering Mind

    Nick Hornby, the rare triple threat (author of touching, truthful fiction and thought provoking criticism, as well as a literate film writer). Has collected his final THE BELIEVER columns into a wonderful and diverse group of essays that have to do as much with his own state of mind, current interests, family concerns, fantasies, and rambles, as with the subjects at hand ("Books Bought" and "Books Read"). Always leading to diverse subjects to further explore, whether Dickens and soccer, Shakespeare and Bob Dylan, or anything at all written in English. Of particular interest to me was the writing on young-adult novels, Thomas Hardy, and Pictures at a Revolution, a book on films that I had just finished before reading Hornby's impressions. Do not be put off by the cartoonish cover--Hornby is fun, yes, but he does spark a literary fire. Brilliant AND fun--a grand combination!

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