The Weekend Update is a Scorcher
NYTBR: Michiko Kakutani offers a heartfelt tribute to David Foster Wallace; Bruce Jay Friedman on Al Silverman’s oral history of publishing’s Golden Age, which I MUST get a copy of ASAP; Mick Sussman looks at used bookstores with a big box mentality; Alex Berenson can’t quite get a handle on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO; and Marilyn Stasio reviews new crime offerings from Ian Rankin, Michael Koryta, Amy McKinnon and Dick & Felix Francis.
And in the Magazine, I’m a bit taken aback that Katie “Jordan” Price gets so much ink, but then again, why the hell not? Americans ought to understand her, or make some weird effort to….
WaPo Book World: Ron Charles has his curiosity piqued with INDIGNATION; Michael Dirda falls in love with THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG; and Elizabeth Hand travels to the ends of the earth with Kira Salak.
LA Times: David Ulin’s DFW tribute is, simply, a must-read; James Marcus sits down with Philip Roth to talk of writers past and present; Richard Rayner revisits the Parker novels reissued by the University of Chicago Press; and Carolyn Kellogg talks to editors of and contributors to STATE BY STATE.
G&M: John Metcalf covers the recent dustup about Canadian short stories; Martin Levin probes the high-concept nature of THE 39 CLUES; and Bob Coghill is intrigued by the second installment of a “Young Sherlock Holmes” series by Shane Peacock.
Guardian Review: Ruth Rendell explains the enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes; Sarah Churchwell is unsettled by Howard Jacobson’s skewed romantic vision; and Laura Wilson offers her take on new crime fiction by Lin Anderson, Alex Scarrow, Bill James and Dick & Felix Francis.
Observer: Viv Groskop hopes THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG finds a wide English readership; Ruth Sutherland looks at a study of the growing gap between rich and poor; and Olivia Laing looks at the Booker Prize winners that never were.
The Times: Michael Gove explores the world of Swedish bookshops; John Le Carre explains his near-defection to the Soviet Union; Nathan Englander (!) gets fanboy-like over David Simon; Tom Cox tries to craft a bestseller; and Robert Crampton chats with ex-SAS man and thriller writer Andy McNab.
The Scotsman: Zoe Heller talks about her new novel; Stuart Kelly is impressed with Ian Rankin’s post-Rebus project (of sorts); and Gerald Kaufman rounds up crime fiction by GM Ford, Garry Disher, David Ellis, Stuart MacBride and Simon Hall.
The Telegraph: Alexander McCall Smith unveils his newest serial project; Sam Leith finds out about Zoe Heller’s long-awaited new novel, THE BELIEVERS; and Susanna Yager has her say on crime novels by James Lee Burke and Lin Anderson.
Oline Cogdill extols the merits of Ian Rankin’s EXIT MUSIC.
Paul Goat Allen reviews the latest in crime by Julie Kramer, Michael Walters, J.D. Rhoades and Michael Beres.
Also in the paper, Adam Woog’s crime fiction column surveys new releases by Chelsea Cain, Anne Littlewood, John Harvey, Ian Rankin, Larry Beinhart, and Dick & Felix Francis.
The WSJ’s Jeff Trachtenberg talks with Philip Roth about INDIGNATION, old literary magazines and new technologies.
The Sydney Morning Herald profiles Michael Cox and his newest novel of Victoriana.
Suzi Feay at the Independent on Sunday wonders what tomorrow’s bestsellers will be in multiple categories.
With regards to SNL, what Jaime said.
And finally, this seems a tad on the late side.