Interview: Lorraine Adams on The Room and the Chair

In some ways, writing about the newsroom, which I had known on a daily basis for pretty much twenty years, was more difficult than writing about sledding on the mountain in Afghanistan, something I had never done — although I had been in Afghanistan and I had been in a very bad car accident, tumbling down a hill while I was there. I was on a very bad road, as most roads are in Afghanistan, and the Jeep flipped over and tumbled down a ravine. This was in the summer of 2006, and I was injured — it’s a long story, but I wasn’t seriously injured. So imagining events like flying a fighter jet — obviously I’ve never flown a fighter jet — those things were a little bit easier for me than writing about the newsroom.

Tools of the Trade No.2 – The Remington Quiet-Riter

Built like a tank

Model: Remington-Rand Quiet-Riter, S/N QR2454389 Year Built: 1953 Price Paid: $25 Ah, the 1950’s… When men were repressed, women were oppressed, and typewriters were typewriters. At the midpont of the 20th century, The Remington Rand Corporation was a business-machine behemoth with ties to just about every kind of mechanical industry. At the height of World … Continue reading

Totally Hip: Ron Charles on Lit Crit and Cylons

Ron Charles, book reviewer for the Washington Post (a major American newspaper), has recently stirred up the traditionally calm waters of literary criticism with his “Totally Hip Video Book Review” series.  Striking a perfect balance between irreverent and informative, Mr. Charles manages to call out absurd literary trend-ism while still engaging in criticism’s raison d’être: … Continue reading

What is A/S Reading? – No.5

You know when you go to a book club meeting? And it’s at a bar? And a couple of guys are arguing about which Springsteen album to put on the jutebox? Yeah, that’s like this. This is What Is A/S Reading? (Please note, we’ve switched our links to Powell’s from Amazon. We just like how … Continue reading

Tools of the Trade No.1 – The Underwood Portable

The $8 Laptop

We have some pretty tech-savvy editors at Armchair/Shotgun. And at production time, our sleek netbooks with their solid-state drives and whisper-quiet keyboards make it such that the ubiquitous Macintosh boot-up sound is just about the only thing drowning out John’s smug comments about his Kindle. But, true to our print-ward leanings, we have a deep … Continue reading