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Book News for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

  • Out of the Cold: The Associated Press lets the cat out of the book bag (book bag?) about Powell's next Out of the Book film:

    Bob Woodward, Joan Didion and Seymour Hersh are among those who have agreed to participate in a short promotional film for David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter, the final book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist who was killed last spring in a car accident.

    The film, expected to run 25-30 minutes, will premiere Nov. 11 at New York City’s Two Boots Pioneer Theater and then will screen in dozens of cities nationwide in November and December. The events, sponsored by local, independent bookstores, will feature music, panel discussions and “other customized entertainment,” according to Powell’s Books, an independent seller based in Portland, Ore.

    For more details, check out our press release page.

  • Today's Viral Explosion: Edward Gorey's The Trouble with Tribbles.

    Better than the TV show, though not quite on a par with The Gashlycrumb Tinies.

  • I'd Rather Go Naked than Go without a Book: This Chicago Tribune piece on the ethics of handling books couldn't have come at a better time, as several concerned Powell's employees have formed a group called Book People for the Ethical Treatment of Books — which forms the rather ungainly acronym BPETB.

    The mission of BPETB is to stop book mutilation anywhere it occurs: people on the bus dog-earing their pages, students scrawling notes in margins, and most heinous of all, Oregonians reading books in the rain without the cover of an umbrella.

    If you've committed one or more of these unspeakable offenses, you can expect a half-crazed BPETB activist to get in your face someday soon. However, they will very likely be fully clothed.

  • Inspired by Bukowski, I'm Writing This Blog Post Naked and Drunk: A Guardian blogger reappraises Charles Bukowski's poetry.

    Of course, there are a lot of bad poets in thrall to Bukowski — after all, his great skill lay in making the writing of great poetry seem easy. Poets who affect his lifestyle without learning the craft of writing do so at their peril. And don't look to the man himself for clues on where the poems come from: he once said that writing a poem is ""like taking a shit, you smell it and then flush it away ... writing is all about leaving behind as much a stink as possible".

    I sometimes feel that reading poetry is much the same, only perhaps in reverse.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Coldest Winter: America and the...
    Used Hardcover $3.95
  2. The Gashlycrumb Tinies: Or, After...
    Used Hardcover $6.00

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