May 11, 2010

The News on Tues

In the spirit of my recent "rescue" of old posts and their transfer to this blog, an old 2log post receives new life on Cycloped, but that's not the only thing worth reading this week:
  • The new Martin Amis novel The Pregnant Widow is getting mixed reviews - Sam Anderson sees it as a return to form - "Amis's best book in fifteen years and... a nearly perfect comic novel." Michiko Kakutani, however, found it "remarkably tedious," claiming Amis makes the mistake of  "assuming that readers will be interested in a bunch of spoiled, self-absorbed twits, who natter on endlessly about their desires and resentments and body parts."
  • The New York Times Sunday Book Review was dedicated to the Jewish Question, including Trials of the Diaspora by Anthony Julius, reviewed by Harold Bloom, and two books on Martin Heidegger's Nazi affiliations, reviewed by Adam Kirsch.
  • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein presents a (sort of) Borgesian essay bemoaning the takeover of literature departments by the dreaded "Theory".
  • In The New York Review of Books, Giles Harvey offers a long and fascinating analysis of Raymond Carver's life and writing through consideration of the Library of America volume of his Collected Stories and a recent biography.
  • The Observer's Tom Lamont explains why publishers use different book covers in different countries.
  • On, Laura Miller responds to Justin Pinter's complaint regarding women editors (essentially - they assume men don't read and so reject books intended for them) by asking why there are so few male editors (basically - because it's a 'caring profession' where "the joy of laboring selflessly on behalf of a noble cause -- in this case, literature -- is supposed to make up for the lack of profits and respect.")

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