I know few towns which inspire me with so great disgust and contempt.– Edgar Allen Poe on Brooklyn. Quoted in Dwight Garner’s review of New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009.
intervital asked: I want to read Anais Nin but I don't know if I should start off with her fiction, her diaries, or her biographies. What do you think I should try first?
jaimealyse asked: For the person looking for Atwoody, epistolary romances-- they may like AS Byatt! Possession is epistolary, in part, and although there is romance it is very unromantic. The Biographer's Tale is excellent, too. Maybe even better.
Anonymous asked: What would you recommend for a reader who enjoys Margaret Atwood, "House of Leaves", epistolary novels, and modern fantasies that don't center around romance?
I prefer women like books — very good and not too long.– Things I didn’t expect to find in Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady: An “I like my women like I like my ______” joke. (It couldn’t be the first ever? There must be one in Chaucer: I liken mine wimman lyk I liken mine ______.)
It was impossible, while living there, to avoid all of the people who knew how...– Our own Sarah Gerard, on the BOMBLOG, writing about Florida, Charles Yu, and black holes.
The Situation in American Writing →
Our friends at Full Stop are polling authors on the situation in American writing, an update of a 1939 questionnaire sent out by the ye olde Partisan Review. We recommend (Maud Newton, Marilynne Robinson, Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, etc. etc. etc.)!
Anonymous asked: Do you currently have part-time positions open for the McNally Jackson cafe?
McNJ bookmonger Sandeep lists her 10 all-time... →
Anonymous asked: pity about the internship. sooooo, any tips for other possible places (apart from NYT and the obvious) for internships in the city then? should one of them be happening, i make sure i spend half the money of my student loan in your store. ALL the books.
rachelfershleiser asked: What about your top-sellers list was McNally-specific in a way we might not know about? Anything on there because of staff picks, special events, a certain staffer being nuts about it, an author living next door, etc?
McNally J's Bestsellers of 2011
Here are McNally J’s bestselling books of 2011. It’s a list! 31 books long. Arbitrarily. I had to go get my laundry. Just Kids, Patti Smith (Now also the bestselling book in McNJ’s history.) A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan On Booze, F. Scott Fitzgerald Bossypants, Tina Fey The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman The ReadyMade 100 Project Manual (printed on our book...