Bookmarks: Norman Mailer, A Double Life

Norman Mailer: A Double Life was released on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Andrea McGuigan speaks with biographer, J. Michael Lennon. The scope of this project was enormous. How much material of Mailer’s did you wade through and how long did the entire project take, from beginning the writing to handing it in to an editor? Mailer’s archive consists of 500 cubic feet of...

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Poetry in the Lackawanna Valley   Poetry thrives in the Lackawanna Valley. In the past year, our area has hosted Jon Sands, Lauren Zuniga, Jeanann Verlee, Anis Mojgani, and Andrea Gibson. On October 19, at 2pm at TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton, award-winning performance poet Buddy Wakefield joins that stellar lineup. Why should you get your ticket now?...

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Bookmarks by Andrea McGuigan   Non-Fiction for Fall   The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester Harper, Oct. 15 (496 pages) Winchester, the force behind such bestsellers as The Professor and the Madman and Atlantic returns with a series of mini-biographies.  The author turns his artist’s eye to the men who could be considered the...

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 Literary musings & news you can use with ANDREA MCGUIGAN   New releases for fall   MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood Nan A. Talese, Sept. 3, 416 pages Canadian bestselling  and award-winning author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, Cat’s Eye) completes her dystopian trilogy that started with Oryx and Crake...

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 Literary musings & news you can use with ANDREA MCGUIGAN   Literary tweets to help you cheat (just a little) As the beginning of a new school year fast approaches, I remember my days of working in bookstores and the particular frantic dance of returning students trying to fudge their summer reading lists. They would present me with a list of, say,...

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Literary musings & news you can use with ANDREA MCGUIGAN   The poetry of Anis Mojgani Hearing Anis Mojgani read poetry is like walking into the darkness of a familiar open field and suddenly discovering a revival tent full of music, lights, and hallelujahs awaiting you. This tent must have popped up over night. You pass this field on your way home...

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Literary musings & news you can use with ANDREA MCGUIGAN   Bob Dylan’s role in the literary world This past week my family and I took in one of the Americanarama shows, featuring My Morning Jacket, Wilco, and Bob Dylan. Understand, I was raised in a Dylan household — my mother has seen him at least 20 times, including when some of my siblings were...

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Literary musings & news you can use with ANDREA MCGUIGAN   Everyone has a story Stories change us. I remember my first year of college, moving away from a tiny, Pennsylvania farm town to a progressive New England school where I roomed with Patricia, an African-American Baptist homosexual from Texas. I felt so white, so flavorless, so unworldly, until...

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Bookmarks by Andrea McGuigan   Help Wanted: Female (Stories) by Sara Pritchard, 168 pages, Etruscan Press, July 2013 In Morgantown, West Virginia, Wendy costumes herself out of sexual harassment from the boss; Nina dates a musician from another planet; Rae-Jean blows up her home when she sets 18 flea bombs but forgets about the pilot light in the basement....

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Ode to modern poets Dear readers, your devoted columnist aims to be a tolerant, genteel human being, but I promise that if I ever hear you say the words, “Poetry is dead,” I will punch you squarely in the face whilst simultaneously stomping on your foot, and when I’m done doing that, I’ll throw a Write Bloody Book at you. My new favorite publisher, Write...