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Clive Thompson’s Smarter Than You Think

clive-thompson-coverThis cleverly titled book is essential reading for anyone who has ever touched a computer. Far from being an über-geek, Thompson teases out the ramifications of extended computer use on, well, everybody. He recognizes the potentially corrosive effects of the new technology, but his conclusions are not what the typical non-geek might expect.

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Excerpt from Review of Sherman Alexie’s Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Question: Why does America love Sherman Alexie, author of Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories?

Answer: Well, he’s a sometime standup comedian – who also happens to be a prolific, award-winning poet, novelist, young-adult writer, and filmmaker. Of course, successful isn’t the same as lovable. A true comedian, Alexie lampoons all species of Americans in his writing, but what makes him popular is his inclusive embrace.

If Charles Dickens had been born to the Spokane Tribe in 1966, grown up on a reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., suffered from hydrocephaly in infancy, but recovered to read The Grapes of Wrath by the age of 5 (reportedly), and fallen in love with basketball, he might have grown up to be Sherman Alexie.  Download the full review in PDF >

Louisa Hall’s The Carriage House, a novel inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion

… Austen and Hall pose similar questions: Is it too late to recover the singular love of youth once the plot of one’s life is well underway? To what extent are children obligated to behave according to the values of their elders? The central romantic tensions of The Carriage House mirror those of Persuasion. Yet under modern social norms and cultural expectations, Hall casts a very different light on the traditional William Adair, his three sad, beautiful daughters, and William’s lifelong love, Adelia Lively. Click here for the full review.

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