I guess the mourning is officially over. George Plimpton, who died in 2003, is taking some lumps this week. On Slate (“Was George Plimpton a Literary Giant?“), Timothy Noah writes that “the late sportswriter and fireworks enthusiast” isn’t nearly as good as Philip Roth’s Nathan Zuckerman (and therefore, Roth) seems to think he is: He was […]
Archive for October, 2007
Apparently the last half century has been a time of drought in Chicago letters. In its November issue, Chicago Magazine (“Tough Love: Great Chicago Novels“) offers its list of the “ten essential Chicago novels.” But while inclusion doesn’t necessarily hinge on a novel’s status as classic, the results skew that way, with only one post-1953 book–Sandra Cisnero’s The House on Mango Street […]
Gotcha with that headline, didn’t I? A couple of award updates, the first one fairly late, the second one only a tiny bit late. Dan Fesperman’s The Prisoner of Guantanamo (Knopf) has won the International Association of Crime Writers‘ 2006 Hammett Prize. The other nominees were: Ghost Dancer, by John Case (Ballantine) Dark Companion, by Jim […]
From the AP (“Complaint puts Texas teacher on leave,” by Angela K. Brown): TUSCOLA, Texas – A popular English teacher has been placed on paid leave – and faces possible criminal charges – after a student’s parents complained to police that a ninth-grade class reading list contained a book about a murderer who has sex […]
Nora Roberts’ Angels Fall won Book of the Year at the Quills last night, beating out both Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Al Gore’s The Assault on Reason.
What? You thought that the end of the Harry Potter series meant that we could finally stop talking about Harry Potter? Ha! J. K. Rowling’s recent outing of Albus Dumbledore has puffed a smoldering fire back into flame. Are her ex-post-facto revelations a carefully calculated attempt to prolong the publicity–or proof positive of full-blown logorrhea? (Actually, I’d like […]
This spat isn’t nearly as exciting as some, but I feel compelled to mention it anyway: Oprah Winfrey plugs Jerry Seinfeld’s wife Jessica’s cookbook. Missy Chase Lapine says she wrote it first. From USA Today (“Cookbook author says Seinfeld book ‘Deceptively’ similar,” by Deirdre Donahue): Moreover, she adds, “I’m concerned and troubled that Oprah credited and applauded […]