As one of the 2666 skeptics, it is only fair I judge the book on its merits, which I hope to do now that a copy has landed in my mailbox. But Levi Stahl has worthy commentary on the reviews so far. (via)
Leonard Cassuto – whose new book of cultural criticism HARD-BOILED SENTIMENTALITY is a must-read, and who along with S.J. Rozan entertained a lively and intellectually curious crowd at Book Culture last night – looks at Harold Schechter’s TRUE CRIME compendium for the B&N Review.
Patrick Anderson is generally favorable towards Ken Bruen’s ONCE WERE COPS, but recognizes it’s “ designed to appeal to readers with less refined sensibilities,” at least compared to the book he reviewed last week.
Joseph Boyden has won the Giller Prize.
Clea Simon: not a huge fan of THE FIRE.
Amazon UK launches a Literature in Translation store. Wouldn’t it be nice if the US store did the same thing?
OTOH, this is almost a slam-dunk.
And Obama’s memoirs might save Canongate from financial ruin.
And finally, Arthur Shawcross passes on. I’d say “RIP” is about the last term I’d use here.