Monthly Archives: March, 2012

March Madness: The Tournament of Books Is Here!

It’s that time of year again – no, not that basketball nonsense. The first round of the Morning News Tournament of Books kicks off tomorrow with a match-up between Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time and Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. Color commentators John Warner and Kevin Guilfoyle preview this year’s […]


Doing the Math

Yesterday, Gayla posted some interesting thoughts on the Orange Prize, and whether it is—or isn’t—yet another way of fencing women writers into an orderly little corral. I’m inclined to agree with her that more than anything else it’s a kind of finding aid, in this case for some really high-quality and off-the-beaten-track literature. You can […]


Anticipating the 2012 Orange Prize

It’s a very exciting week for book geeks. The Tournament of Books starts on Wednesday and the Orange Prize judges announce their longlist on Thursday. Along with the longlist announcement, I think we can expect to see the usual small flurry of blog posts and editorials decrying the very existence of the Orange Prize, which is […]


Open Letters Monthly, March 2012

Everybody’s a critic, as the saying goes. Which turns out to be a good thing for everybody else. The March issue of Open Letters Monthly marks this Arts and Literature Review’s fifth anniversary, and in celebration of the fact, OLM presents a special issue devoted to the great literary critics. Because, as whoever said it […]