Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Pocket Review: Limber by Angela Pelster

Limber Angela Pelster Sarabande Books, 2014 “To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe.” ― Henry Ward Beecher When it comes to wide-ranging framing devices, it’s always practical to look […]


The Great Debate: Should We Let Poirot Rest in Peace?

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Agatha Christie estate is commissioning Sophie Hannah to write a new novel featuring the Queen of Crime’s master Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Among many other qualifications, Hannah’s most recent novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year award at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards. […]


Don’t Mess with Patience or Fortitude: The Demise of the Central Library Plan

In an interesting and surprising turnaround last week, the New York Public Library decided to scrap its controversial Central Library Plan. The proposed renovation, originally presented in 2008, would have sold off two of NYPL’s properties and opened up space in its iconic central building by relocating three million of the books in its stacks—half […]


Sunday Links, May 11, 2014

As usual when I’ve been away for a week, the links are many. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! Awards The nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. This is one of my favorite awards, and I’ve gleaned a lot of very good reading from the lists of nominees. The award is […]


“Gray Matter” at Apogee

I didn’t set out to be a spokesman for the Graying of American Arts and Letters. I imagine my experience is the same as that of most former bright young things: for years I was always the youngest person in the room, until one day I looked up and noticed that everybody else seemed to […]