Monthly Archives: September, 2013

Sunday Links, September 29, 2013

Author Karen Russell has won one of the McArthur Foundation’s so-called genius grants. After reading some of the stories in Vampires in the Lemon Grove, I think the award well-deserved. One of these days I’m going to have to get to Swamplandia!, her first novel. Stephen King is making the rounds for his new book, […]


All’s Well That Ends Well? Thinking About the Hogarth Shakespeare Project

I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Hogarth Shakespeare project. The idea was announced a few months ago, but this week, for some reason, I’ve been progressing through a veritable Kübler-Ross model of literary ambivalence. The series looked like fun at first light. In anticipation of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 2016, Vintage […]


Sunday Links, September 22, 2013

The winners of the Hugo Awards were announced over Labor Day weekend at WorldCon. Apparently the fact that John Scalzi’s Redshirts won the award for best novel caused some controversy, especially because Scalzi is such a popular figure in the blogosphere with his Whatever blog. I thought Redshirts was funny and occasionally deep, but I’m […]


Man Booker Prize Extends a Hand to U.S. Authors

Apologies to whatever readers I may have left; I’m very much in the weeds these days and the expectations of academia are doing their best to separate me from the fun and spontaneity that are necessary for blogging. But I’m fighting the good fight. For starters, there’s been interesting news in the literary competition world […]


Pocket Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid Harcourt, 2007 In the wake of 9/11, a few thoughtful people, in addition to being angry and sorrowful, wondered why “they” hated us. What had America done to inspire such hatred? Why would anyone wish to kill innocents? Would knowing the answers help prevent future attacks? Mohsin Hamid can’t answer […]


Sunday Links, September 1, 2013

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation announced the winners of the 2013 Translation Awards. Kirkus has named nine of the most overlooked books of the year so far. As I haven’t even heard of a single one of them, and I follow what’s being published fairly closely, I […]