Over at Filthy Habits, find my review of the book Pretzel on Prozac: The Story of an Immigrant Dog.
Subjects: nonfiction, review criticism, publications
Today on Wet Asphalt we’ve reprinted Tom Bissell’s article on The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, which is notable because it’s an article we previously recommended.
Subjects: reviews, wet asphalt
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 […]
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
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
‘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 John Barth and bad reviewing
A) Barth can’t “get on” with his stories without the “postmodern soft-shoe routine” because performing such a routine is precisely his way of telling stories. Asking him to lose his “verbal pyrotechnics” and his “sef-consciousness” (”talking about the telling itself,” as Gilsdorf clumsily puts it) is asking him to lose […]