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URL links for Fight for Your Long Day

In theory, a book isn't alive unless it's snuggled comfortably in the reading bin in the bathroom at Oprah's or any sitting President's, so to speak, but here is an imperfect list of URL links to news or mouthings about Fight for Your Long Day:

http://chronicle.com/article/Considering-Adjunct-Misery/138085/?cid=vem

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-a-domino/working-poor-professor_b_4994393.html

http://articles.philly.com/2011-01-30/business/27091272_1_adjunct-college-teaching-college-students

http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2011/JF/br/br3.htm

http://southeastreview.org/2011/01/review-fight-for-your-long-day.html

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/09/21/kudera

http://chronicle.com/article/Novel-Academic-Novels/127748/

http://contemporaryhorizon.blogspot.com/2010/12/american-perspectivesperspective.html

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/dec_10.htm#Fiction (no separate page possible, not much here)

http://www.neworldreview.com/vol_5No_36/kudera.php

with reprin…

Duffleman Does Academe

And so begins Isaac Sweeney, writing for Academe, the journal of the AAUP, in his review of Fight for Your Long Day:

"I laughed at parts of Fight for Your Long Day, a new novel by Alex Kudera. At other parts of the novel, I felt inspired. But most of all, Fight for Your Long Day made me sad. Part of my sadness came because Kudera writes elegantly and has created an insightful, tragic, sometimes comic protagonist (I dare not call him a hero) named Cyrus Duffleman, whom the narrator calls “Duffy.” He reminds me of Hamlet—a bit of an introverted whiner, but the kind you love to hear whine. I’m sad when Duffleman is sad. I’m even sadder when he has bits of hope, like when there’s the prospect of an affair with an attractive student, because I know it won’t work out for him. As with any other effective tragic character, there’s something satisfying in watching his tragedy unfold."

Thanks, Isaac.

Cyrus Duffleman is a fictional character. The real tragedies in America concern peop…

Southeast Review

So if I'm so "extremely talented and driven" why do I feel so fat and ineffectual most days? And, yeah, while we're here, prone to lethargy, paranoia, pessimism, angst, and, well, we'll do a whole blog on hypochondria another day, and add an exclusive interview with my daughter, who decided this evening that her first novel would be about her parents. Well, what she really decided was that she wanted to hear the same children's book nine times on a snow day. Thank you, Charles Dodd White, for your fine review of Fight for Your Long Day.

tanzer top tens

When Ben Tanzer top tens it, he doesn't mess around:

http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/2010/12/tbwcyl-inc-2010-top-ten-lists-are.html

Moving on, here's a great list designed to pump you up to pay cash for hardcovers in 2011:

http://www.themillions.com/2011/01/most-anticipated-the-great-2011-book-preview.html

I'd bet even money I don't read any of them in 2011, but it still warms my heart to know that some lunatic from New York was insane enough to publish fiction at price points above the $20 feeds two at Chili's (http://www.chilis.com/EN/Pages/home.aspx).