Like most people, I enjoy complaining about the unfair advantages — money, connections, good looks — that successful people have used to reach their advantaged stations in life. So I was eager to read Sharon Steel’s article (“Aesthetic Genius,” the Phoenix*) about the extra attention paid to good-looking writers. Rubbing my hands, I anticipated the rich […]
Archive for August, 2007
Wow! Post-apocalypse is really in the zeitgeist. Galleycat (“Quick Update on the End of the World“) reports on Wastelands, an upcoming anthology of “the best post-apocalyptic science-fiction published in the last twenty years.” It looks like a good book, but I can already spot one glaring omission: the complete text of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
My absence yesterday was not, in fact, because I was tired out from writing my massive Tuesday post — I was home with a sick kid. (Mine, fortunately.) And now today I feel almost to tired to post. But books never rest, and neither do I. (Huh?) From the Guardian (“Alastair Campbell tops poll of discarded books,” […]
Ending a long drought, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has won a major literary prize. (What has it been, four months?) From the Beeb (“Author McCarthy scoops book prize“): Pulitzer Prize-winning US author Cormac McCarthy has won the UK’s oldest literary award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. Yes, it’s a welcome turn of events for […]
Writing about local resident James Wood (not to be confused with James Woods, me), the Boston Globe (“The Elegant Assassin,” by Christopher Shea) asks: But what does it mean that the most storied magazine in American history has aligned itself with a critic who essentially rejects the premises of a broad swath of contemporary American fiction? […]