I have always been fascinated by the evolution of print. I've also enjoyed Jonathan Safran Foer's previous works of fiction, including Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. So I am definitely intrigued by his newest work, Tree of Codes. While Extremely Loud played with images and photographs and their ability to jar us, … Continue reading Book as Art Object?, or How Do I Read the Damn Thing?
When I was at UCLA, I held a position on the editorial board for the university literary magazine. Rather inconsequential, you would think. Except for the fact that James Franco went to my university as an undergrad and insisted on having his voice heard (or read, I guess) in print. James was not a stranger … Continue reading On Why James Franco Needs to Stop Talking So Damn Much and Stop Writing Altogether
Last summer as an editorial intern, I had the pleasure of dissecting a proposal for a fantastic book by Rosie Molinary called Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. Now, I look over a lot of proposals in my field of work. A lot. And I always feel like I forget almost every single … Continue reading That One Book Proposal
Work is becoming a bit more manageable lately (by lately, I mean as of this afternoon), so I'm counteracting that by routinely buying used books and checking out books from the library until the stacks grow large and start to tip a little on the bookshelf. Then I feel comfortably overwhelmed again. In the stack … Continue reading More Piles of Books to Read
During my training for the bookstore job today, my boss told me that he got three hundred applications for the bookseller position. And I thought things were getting better? I mean, I got the job, but I also have a degree in English, have worked in publishing and retail, and read obsessively. So, really, I … Continue reading More Book Talk