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31 August 2006
MR News: The Week in Review: Labor Day, Sloth, The Railway, Volver
Topic: September 2006

We'll be taking off Mon, Sept 4 to celebrate Labor Day. See you on the 8th!


[08.22.06]—Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez (DC/Vertigo: August 2006)—Writes Andrew A. Smith in the Teetering Tower column for Scripps News: "In his first graphic novel, Gilbert examines disaffected suburban youth who want to start a band…Oh, yeah, you've heard all that before. But with Hernandez, who has apparently absorbed the magical realism of Garbriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude at the genetic level, you expect, and get, quite a bit more."

[09.01.06]—Check out this collection of reviews from the British media regarding the book, The Railway, by Hamid Ismailov. The reading of this title is now considered by some as the most notable event of this year's Edinburgh Book Fair. [reviews courtesy Ferghana.Ru news agency, Moscow]


[08.31.06]—Volver—Writes Derek Malcolm for The Evening Standard—"The storyline may be fractured and at times puzzling but it doesn't matter because the style and feeling are so completely right. It amounts to a kind of European magic realism, absurdist but shrewdly grounded in accurate character drawing." With director Pedro Almodovar and actress Penelope Cruz.


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GENTLE REMINDER: Margin's staff is on hiatus through mid-October 2006. Any e-mail we receive during this time will receive replies as necessary, but there may be delays due to pool parties, novel revision, rib festivals or stargazing.

Posted by at 10:59 PM PDT
Updated: 31 August 2006 10:56 PM PDT
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