Saturday, December 03, 2005
In Praise Of The Short Story
- Haruki Murakami, in a talk at the Reischauer Institute
For A Change, Unusual Books Of The Year
Friday, December 02, 2005
Books Of Whose Year?
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Rushdie On, Like, Critics
“…I had the chance to meet Salman Rushdie, which was really a strange experience. He has the same agents that I have. I walked into the office in
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
A Good Year For Bad Sex
Salman Rushdie, Paul Theroux, John Updike and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are among the 11 contenders for the Bad Sex Award. Modesty prohibits the inclusion of extracts in this blog, but you can point your vibrating mouse here.
Update: And the winner is...Giles Coren, for his debut novel, Winkler. "It was the overexcited shower...which clinched the deal for Giles Coren," judges said.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
New York Stories
In the Gotham Gazette, Jonathan Lethem speaks about whether there's a "New York school of literature" that he belongs to.
Monday, November 28, 2005
More Best Books
Who Hates Whom
The Independent's Katy Guest writes about famous feuds.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
In The Financial Times, Pankaj Mishra clucks his tongue at the state of Indian newspapers, touching upon the rise of middle class aspirations after liberalisation, pointing out that such reportage keeps "out the bad news so that newspapers become the echo chamber where a privileged minority hears only its own voice." (Yes, he manages to bring V.S. Naipaul into this piece, too.)