Too Many Books In The Kitchen

I'm Michael Hingston, books columnist for the Edmonton Journal (new columns every other Friday).

My first novel, The Dilettantes, was just published by Freehand Books. Here's everything you might want to know about it.

Other topics under discussion: podcasts, strange sodas, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Moby-Dick.

Email me, if you like, at hingston [at] gmail [dot] com. I'm available for hire and I like free books.

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"Comic Sans" (The Incongruous Quarterly)
"'No Fear' T-Shirts Based on Board Games" (McSweeney's)

"The Men in the Mirror"
"Moby-Dick; or, My Favourite Book"
"The Pop-Culture Annotated 'Lord's Prayer'"
"Tumblr Recommends"

The Great Edmonton Book Swap Co.

If you live in the same city that I live in, here’s one way to figure out whenever a new swap is nigh.

Jul 20, 2014
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Hi. Here is a perfect pop song.

Jul 20, 2014
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Spoils from this morning’s book swap, our biggest and best yet.

Jul 19, 2014
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Dang, the internet is unanimous on this one. The Group it is!

Jul 18, 2014
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What should I read next?

Jul 18, 2014
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maybeedmonton:

A haze from forest fires blankets over Edmonton on July 16, 2014. Overlooking the River Valley from Edmonton House.
Before and After photos taken by Leia Astorga via spacing.ca

Jul 17, 2014
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For all of the folks that wrote in about this: I’m sorry that there are no longer any white male heroes in comics that you can relate to.
Marvel editor Tom Brevoort sympathizes with angry, anonymous internet trolls. Jul 17, 2014
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Bill Gaston, Juliet Was a Surprise

And even when sex occurs, Gaston is quick to remind us that it causes at least as many problems as it solves. “Black Roses Bloom” features a woman who discovers that her orgasms are giving her minor strokes, and no amount of fooling around during a snorkeling expedition can salvage the nose-diving relationship at the heart of “To Mexico.”

Reviewed the latest from CanLit stalwart Bill Gaston in the Globe and Mail this past weekend.

Read the whole thing here.

Jul 14, 2014
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slaughterhouse90210:

“A society manufactures the heroes it requires.”
― Colson Whitehead,
Zone One

Jul 14, 2014
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Some serious Rip Van Winkle shit to look up and realize you’ve been working on the same book proposal for nine months.

Jul 12, 2014
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