Runners Who Read

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Some Internet reader's resources

Thanks, Nels and Tracy -- I had never even heard of Pamuk, and today I find out he’s considered one of Europe’s most prominent novelists. That’s exactly why I wanted to start this site: I’ve got some catching up to do!

Many of you may already know about these, but I thought I’d post a few of my favorite Internet reading resources, especially helpful for those of you hunting for your next book:

The Guardian Books page: Lively, intelligent reviews and features from the UK. The “top ten” book lists by current authors can make for some good reading suggestions.

Exquisite Corpse: Avant-garde literary journal edited by Andrei Codrescu of National Public Radio fame. Literary grenades and stink bombs of all sorts; a very fun site. I had a few scattered poems published in the paper version in the early 90’s, which seems like a lifetime ago now. Unusual reading and author suggestions galore, but it's not a consumer-friendly site. And thank God for that.

Granta: The online site for the famous literary review, again with a UK slant. Many reading suggestions here.

New York Review Books: The publishing arm of the New York Review of Books; responsible for unearthing many forgotten literary classics and bringing them back into print. Also responsible for publishing one of my favorite books of all time, The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alfredo Mutis.

Booksense: A family of independent bookseller websites, with lots of reviews and reading suggestions.

Paris Review "Writers at Work" interviews: If you ever wanted to know more about your favorite author's views on their work and other subjects, this site catalogs a gold mine of in-depth interviews from the Paris Review's ongoing "Writers At Work" series.

Enjoy your reading (and your running)!

-- Ed Brickell


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