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Roberto Bolano and the Earthquake in Chile

2666.jpgToday The Takeaway quoted Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño in their coverage of the powerful earthquake in Chile–imagining his prose would offer “some comfort to the people of Chile.”

The late novelist once wrote: “Sometimes the earth shakes…The epicenter of the quake is somewhere in the north or the south, but I can still hear the shaking. Sometimes I feel dizzy. Sometimes the quake goes on for longer than usual and people take shelter under doorways or under stairs or they rush out into the streets. Is there a solution?”

If you want to help the people of Chile, the Red Cross has more resources and information about donations. As we keep Chile in our thoughts, here are a few more links to help you explore the work of one of the country’s greatest writers.

New York magazine reviewed his great novel, 2666: “The heart of 2666 is its fourth and longest section, called simply ‘The Part About the Crimes.’ It is, flat out, one of the best stretches of fiction I’ve ever read. I broke my pencil several times writing catatonically enthusiastic marginalia … Although he’s clearly outraged by the culture of misogyny, exploitation, and indifference that enables the killing, he refuses to load the fictional dice.”

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NY Times Investigates Subway Readers

choose23.jpgToday the NY Times studied the habits of a special breed: the subway car reader. These traveling readers support everybody from Dan Brown to glossy magazines to Roberto Bolaño.

The paper is also collecting submissions from readers, building an infographic about reading habits. It’s not earthshaking news, but it fulfills this GalleyCat editor’s burning desire to peek at everybody’s reading material on the subway.

Here’s an excerpt, complete with some great links: “There are those whose commutes are carefully timed to the length of a Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker, those who methodically page their way through the classics, and those who always carry a second trash novel in case they unexpectedly make it to the end of the first on a glacial F train. There is a lawyer from Brooklyn who for the past two months has catalogued what he and other commuters are reading on a blog, “The Subway Book Club,” and a student at the New School who spent the summer passing out 600 donated books to subway riders to spread her passion for reading.” (Image via.)

Toni Morrison and Tom Piazza in Final for Tournament of Books

a_mercy-thumb-121xauto-34.jpg“A Mercy” by Toni Morrison and “City of Refuge” by Tom Piazza face off in the conclusion of The Morning News’ annual Tournament of Books.

Seventeen writers weighed in about the final contenders, and the winner is announced in the final post. Earlier, “City” scored a crucial victory in the semifinals as TMN copy editor Liz Entman chose the book over Roberto Bolaño‘s “2666″–which a few writers praised at a recent Granta party.

If you are looking for more book tournament action, check out the brackets at the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors at this site and the Bookspot Central Tourney.