Surprise us sometime by not putting Philip Roth’s latest on the cover of the section. It would be okay. Really. (For yesterday’s section, I’d have gone with either the review of Asne Seierstad’s The Angel of Grozny or the review of Marilynne Robinson’s Home. Either would have been a more refreshing choice than Indigation.)
My former colleagues over at the Washington Post Book World are now blogging daily. Check it.
During my stint as a contributing editor at Book World, the phrase “minor novelist” used to get thrown around once in a while. I always hated it: It’s patronizing, and it’s almost always used by people who will never get around to writing a novel at all. (Though of course if they did it would… Continue reading »
Not long ago, I wrote a story for the Chronicle Review on “literary geospaces,” profiling two digital humanists who are using technologies like Google Earth to see literary history in fresh ways. One of the scholars I wrote about, Matthew Jockers of Stanford, has posted more about his work on his blog, describing the bigger… Continue reading »
Finally, somebody with something sensible to say about the LATBR and its devolution from stand-alone section to part of the culture pages. More reasonableness here. And the NBCC, after a spate of the usual hand-wringing, actually did a mini-interview with LATBR editor David Ulin and learned a couple of reassuring things (what’s NOT going away,… Continue reading »
Did Coleridge translate Goethe’s Faust? Two Romanticists say yes. Others say no. Passionate debate ensues. I’ve written about the devilish kerfluffle here. As one of my sources told me, “Coleridgeans are not known for their unanimity.”
I have been accused, from time to time, of being a mixer. My husband likes to remind me of the time that I posted a perfectly innocent question–about the pros and cons of circumcision–to a parenting listserv. Before long, the pro- and anti- camps were hurling accusations of genital mutilation and cultural imperialism at each… Continue reading »
If you’re reading one of the Bard’s plays, you can now join the global crowd–online–via Shakespeare’s Global Globe, the brainchild of an English professor at Carnegie Mellon. (Love the orbis-mundi URL.) The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog has some background. As of 12:59 p.m. EST, 108 people are reading Shakespeare. Well, 108 people have logged on… Continue reading »
If you find yourself reviewing James Wood’s new book, please don’t invoke Edmund Wilson in your lead. Trust me. It’s been done. Thanks. (More Woodiana here, if you must.)
Please stop profiling and otherwise making a fuss over James Wood. I hear he’s good. I hear he has a new book out (“an Olympian critic points out where major-league talents are getting it wrong,” the Independent says). I understand he likes to spend time with his children. Enough said.