Over at Filthy Habits, find my review of the book Pretzel on Prozac: The Story of an Immigrant Dog.
Subjects: nonfiction, review criticism, publications
Paul Boutin on Slate today posted an article criticising the new MacBook Air ultraslim notebook for not having built-in cellular Internet browsing like the iPhone does.
“After using my iPhone for a few months, it started feeling weird that my PowerBook doesn’t have ubiquitous wireless networking,” respected Apple-watcher Jon Gruber blogged Monday. “It just feels […]
There have been some interesting responses to my Reviewing Vs. Criticism essay on Wet Asphalt, specifically from Ready, Steady Book and more expansively from The Reading Experience (whose posts about the difference between criticism and reviewing were part of what sparked the essay in the first place). Know that I really want to respond to […]
Wanted to make sure everyone knows that Wet Asphalt is back in action, with a run down of the state of speculative fiction and a review of Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K. Dick.
Subjects: criticism, wet asphalt
About a month ago Wired’s Kevin Kelly wrote an article for the Times talking about the digitalization of all books and how it may lead to the realization of the dream “to have in one place all knowledge, past and present”.
In today’s Times book review, John Updike’s responds, questioning it would mean for authorship.
In imagining […]
Chicago Sun Times new books editor knows what she’s looking for:
Cheryl Reed is the new editor of the Books Section of the Chicago Sun Times and in this article she gives some ideas of what she’s looking for:
“I don’t want to hear about any more coming-of-age stories,” she says. “I like to hear about something […]
Scott Esposito tells us why
VQR » Euphorias of Perrier: The Case Against Robert D. Kaplan
Tom Bissell does what Tom Bissell does best. I honestly think he may be the best literary essayist/critic around.
Subjects: criticism, reviews
CRITICAL MASS: Reviewing 101: John Updike’s rules
The dirty, violent charms of Candy Licker. By Brendan I. Koerner
Plus the history of “Street Lit”. And here I thought Relentless Aaron came up with this idea.
Subjects: criticism, publishing, reviews
Cervantes influence on Flaubert
Subjects: criticism, theory
Ron Silliman’s review of the DaVinci code is probably as spot on as reviews of poorly-written blockbusters get.
Subjects: criticism, fiction
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
It’s also wrong to claim, as so many of his critics have, that Dick was limited by the conventions of science fiction-which are contemptuously dismissed by Dick’s admirer, Polish novelist Stanislaw Lem as a “threadbare lot of telepaths, cosmic wars, parallel worlds, and time travel.” Interested, like Burroughs and Ballard, in exploding […]
‘Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays,’ by David Foster Wallace - The New York Times Book Review - New York Times
Turning to literature in essays on Kafka, Dostoyevsky and Updike, Wallace employs a largely moral vocabulary to dismiss such older American novelists as Norman Mailer and Philip Roth as “Great Male Narcissists.” For him, Updike […]
The Vendetta Behind ‘V for Vendetta’ - New York Times
I’m officially a big fan of David Itzkoff’s new Science Fiction column over at the Times.
Subjects: criticism, fiction, movies, sci-fi