The More Tired Than You Roundup

  • RIP Gillo Pontecorvo, cinematic revolutionary. (BATTLE OF ALGIERS, YES! BANG BANG SHOOT SHOOT ETHICAL CONUNDRUM BUY CRITERION IF YOU NO HAVE!)
  • Various bloggers and booksellers cite their overlooked books, including a few pals of mine. (via Bookdwarf)
  • Eight authors reveal how they write. (WITH PEN, WITH TYPEWRITER, WITH WORD PROCESSOR WOW! CAN THEY HONE WORDS?) (via Booksquare)
  • Scott Esposito has a very thoughtful column on book reviews. He suggests that reviewers shouldn’t be in the business of making any good/bad pronouncements at all. I think Scott hits upon part of the problem of many reviewers, in that they go in for the big kill rather than trying to understand why other critics and readers appreciate a particular author. Reviewers often fail to be doubting Thomases or sometimes neglect to cast light on a bad book’s good points (or a good book’s bad points). I would add that any good review should not just be about where one can place a book, but about a reviewer trying to commingle her subjective views with those presented by the author, ideally citing specific examples from the book (which seems a lost art these days) and without the reviewer drawing too much attention to herself. (BAD ED! THIS PARA NO MAKE SENSE! TRY TO ARTICULATE THINGS AFTER YOU HAVE SLEPT! BUT YES, SCOTT ESPOSITO’S COLUMN IS GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!)
  • James Tata examines Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and asks if its grisly horrors are all that dissimilar from The Pianist. (ME WANT BLOODY POLANSKI MOVIE RIGHT NOW! SO SATISFYING HIS TWISTED CINEMATIC VISION!)
  • Excerpts from Chris Ware’s new work, Building Stories. (SAME SAME NYT FUNNY PAGES WARM UP FOR THIS PERHAPS? WARE ONE-TRICK PONY? ME HOPE NOT!!!) (via Maud)
  • Bud Parr offers a great overview of Pamuk and the bloggers. (PAMUK PAMUK MY NAME IS TIRED AND I WOULD BE IN A COURTROOM IF ME VISIT TURKEY!)
  • Stephen Metcalf prosecutes against Charles Frazier. (STEPHEN METCALF IS WORST REVIEWER OF HIS GENERATION? YOU MAKE CALL. ME IGNORE FRAZIER. BIG PYNCHON BOOK ON WAY!!!!) (via Rake)
  • JCO ain’t got stones. (RE: JOYCE! ME WISH SHE LEFT ALONE TO WRITE WRITE WRITE!)
  • Silliman on Creeley
  • COFFEE GOOD! COFFEE VERY GOOD KEEP ED AWAKE! OH YES I AM SLUGGISH ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME I WILL KISS YOU!!!!!
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3 Comments

  1. Esposito’s take on reviewing is fascinating. To convey one’s personal sense of a book without talking about oneself is always the challenge. In terms of wholesale attacks, it’s rare–if ever–that these are acceptable…..

    Re JCO–I commented about this on my blog last night (slighly shameful plug…) I am amazed by her insensitivity–I have always thought her one of the decent folks–still do, but this was a misstep.

  2. Barking: I don’t agree with you about JCO. Sometimes when a writer has to pursue greater truths, there is the risk of being insensitive. The notion that any writer should back down from fiction which exposes general human truths because it closely resembles the truths of a real incident would, I think, discount a good chunk of fiction.

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