- There are many films that must be ingested and/or masticated upon today. Coffee is currently brewing, and it is decidedly autumn outside. And here are a few bagatelles to tide you over.
- The 2008 MacArthur fellows have been announced. On the literary front, there’s Chimamanda Adichie, who you can listen to on The Bat Segundo Show. There’s also Alex Ross, a competent mainstream critic whose inclusion suggests that the MacArthur people are either (a) playing it safe or (b) are having difficulties finding idiosyncratic voices.
- Well, one must admit that the way these folks have set up their operation does read like a Nigerian scam job. (via Maud)
- I’m with Orthofer on this. I’m presuming that a writer as wise as Jim Crace was kidding to some extent when he suggested that he feared going out of fashion. I’m not suggesting that we continue to celebrate those who remain quite willfully ignorant and out of touch, but is not the point of literature to embrace those ideas that are out of fashion or that challenge our most basic assumptions? Perhaps the only solution here is for all writers to wear black, which should stave off most of the fashionistas.
- The Emmy Awards have reached a new ratings low, which suggests that people have wised up to the needless self-congratulatory wankery that the television industry engages in every year. Based on some descriptions, I’m glad I spent those five hours I could have wasted on “five amateurish reality anchors” doing fruitful things. Hoping you did the same.
- Levi’s been in solid form lately, taking on the hypocrisy of Boris Kachka’s article and suggesting that Philip Roth is “the Oliver Stone of fiction.”
- Michel Houellebecq has declared war on Bernard-Henri Levy.
- Does [Insert Escapist Blockbuster Movie Here] [Represent/Contribute to] Our Age of Terror? Please contact the New York Times‘s op-ed office for the appropriate form and fill in the blanks. If you are a distinguished novelist, publication is expected in two weeks.
- Daniel Green on Thirlwell.
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