Let’s face it: no one knows which books I want at the holidays. Used to be I owned thousands and no one could tell what I didn’t already have. Now that my library’s so small, it’s what haven’t you already read… Plus, I only exchange gifts with my kids, so there’s that. They figure I… Read More Merry Booksmas! Books I’m gifting to me this year.
Anne Tyler fan? You may want to look away. Just as an FYI, my beef is as much with the Man Booker judges as with Anne Tyler the writer. Sure, I dislike her books. Quiet tales about domestic American life have been done far, far better than in her own novels. And sure, she’s a… Read More why i’ve made a podcast i won’t post: an anne tyler man booker screed
Unbelievable. While I slept, from behind my back emerged this wee bitch of a Shortlist: Hello, political component to the Man Bookers. Ha, what am I saying. Welcome back. We hardly missed ye; never had the chance. You can’t miss what hasn’t had the courtesy to leave. Analysis of the analysts: Judges 2015 Ellah Wakatama… Read More man booker 2015: what a difference a few hours make
Things were going along well, so tidy, so well-kempt, all picket fences and Sunday afternoon lawnmowers pushed by men in white shirts with cut-off jeans, baseball caps protecting dear, shiny heads. All signs pointed to Marilynne Robinson for the Man Booker 2015 win. God was in his heaven. I sat on the front porch sipping… Read More man booker 2015: i’m fucked
Lo, these many years I have participated in the largely futile game of guessing the Man Booker winner. I’ve had successes and failures but mostly it’s a maddening exercise in literary addiction, tinged with galloping insanity. Nevertheless, I am always happy to offer an opinion totally devoid of actual research or, really, much effort at… Read More man booker 2015: one expert’s flawed opinions
I don't keep very good track of all the book and literary-related articles I read through the year, nor the videos I watch, either. Maybe that would be a good 2012 resolution, since by the end of the year I've ingested so much great stuff I wish I could share the best of the best… Read More Book Links from 2011: A brief retrospective
I pity the author with a book coming out this month because you are, quite honestly, out of luck. All the majors are getting their Best Books of 2011 lists out. No one's paying attention to the new kid. My advice (worth every penny you're paying)? Consider holding off 'til next year. Better yet, wait for… Read More It’s that time: Best Books of 2011 Lists
THE MAN… THE MYTH… THE MAN BOOKER WINNER 2011 PHOTO BY RICHARD SAKER And I called it here. That is, Sebastian Barry and I did. That's SEBASTIAN BARRY. And I. (Allow her a moment of fantasized grandeur, will you?)
The Big Six Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape – Random House) Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books) Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta) Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail) Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury) A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic) Alright. We didn't see eye to eye on Sebastian Barry. No worries.… Read More Man Booker Prize 2011: and then there were six…
Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Chicago, IL Barnes & Noble (Skokie, IL), 7:30PM Friday, September 30 Wonder if I'm busy that day… Mayhaps I can clear my schedule. Have I mentioned my fondness for Sebastian Barry? One Two Three Four Not lately. No, not at all. … Read More Sebastian Barry Book Signing in Skokie, IL – September 30!!!!!