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Volume III, Issue 42
April 10 - April 17, 2000  

Features
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Writing the Millennium [2]
Vanderbilt's promising Millennial Gathering should help redefine the school's literary identity.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Object Lessons [3]
Sandra Shea, author of "The Realm of Secondhand Souls," believes that even the most boring household things have personalities, especially computers.
— Jumana Farouky, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Christopher Paul Curtis [4]
From assembly line to literary award mill.
— Martin Wilson, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Lost City [5]
Steven Saylor's Austin murder mystery, "A Twist at the End: A Novel of O. Henry."
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Fiction
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'A Twist at the End' [6]
A stylish, sometimes gory, mystery that also opens a window onto a fascinating series of events in Texas history.
— Mike Shea, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Po-Mo Horrors [7]
Mark Z. Danielewski's debut novel, "House of Leaves," follows too closely in the footsteps of the Blair Witch.
— Nathan Matteson, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Now What? [10]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

riters write for the same reasons the rest of us tell our friends about childhood miseries and failed marriages: to shape experience and decode its significance. Writers from the New South are gathering at Vanderbilt University to talk about the preoccupations of Southern writers -- racial, cultural, and environmental legacies.

The appeal of Steven Saylor's "A Twist at the End" extends beyond the garden-variety whodunnit. Its meticulous research is apparent on every page, and it results in a fascinating historical document on several fronts.

Malcolm Gladwell's new book, "The Tipping Point," is about how ideas get from here to there and how individuals turn into herds.

Also, an interview with author Sandra Shea, going from the assembly line to the peak of literary success, a debut horror novel, and more.

Non-fiction
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Getting Tipsy [8]
Malcolm Gladwell's clear prose and insightful reporting push his discourse on the spread of social epidemics, "The Tipping Point," past the mundane.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Bosom Buddy [9]
Checking out Wayne Koestenbaum's "Cleavage."
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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