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Doggies on Drugs

Monday March 17th 2008, 4:49 pm

Over at Filthy Habits, find my review of the book Pretzel on Prozac: The Story of an Immigrant Dog.

Subjects: nonfiction, review criticism, publications

Slate’s Weird Air Criticism

Wednesday January 16th 2008, 11:50 am

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 […]

Reviewing versus Criticism responses

Tuesday June 19th 2007, 10:14 am

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 […]

Wet Asphalt back in action

Tuesday March 06th 2007, 3:26 pm

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

The Unlimited Library and the End of Authorship

Sunday June 25th 2006, 6:36 am

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

Saturday June 24th 2006, 1:46 pm

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 […]

James Wood is still an idiot

Friday June 23rd 2006, 10:06 pm

Scott Esposito tells us why
Subjects: criticism

VQR » Euphorias of Perrier: The Case Against Robert D. Kaplan

Thursday June 22nd 2006, 2:59 am

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

John Updike’s rules for reviewing fiction

Tuesday June 13th 2006, 2:23 pm

CRITICAL MASS: Reviewing 101: John Updike’s rules
Subjects: criticism

The dirty, violent charms of Candy Licker. By Brendan I. Koerner

Monday June 05th 2006, 12:08 pm

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, Flaubert

Friday May 12th 2006, 2:52 pm

Cervantes influence on Flaubert
Subjects: criticism, theory

Silliman’s Review of the DaVinci Code

Friday May 12th 2006, 2:48 pm

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)

Tuesday March 28th 2006, 10:55 am

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 […]

Wallace, Updike, Dostoyevsky

Friday March 17th 2006, 3:12 pm

‘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

Sunday March 12th 2006, 12:42 pm

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

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