Archive for November, 2007

Awards Roundup
By November 6, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Awards Roundup

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder…could it be awards season? Gilles Leroy has won the Goncourt for his novel about Zelda Fitzgerald, Alabama Song (“French awards deliver twin surprise,” Guardian): According to Leroy, the prize is also an honour for Zelda. “This prize is also for her,” he said, “who was sacrificed, and […]

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Discussing Easy Is Difficult
By November 5, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Discussing Easy Is Difficult

[Spoiler alert: If you don't want to know what happens to Easy Rawlins at the end of Walter Mosley's Blonde Faith, stop reading now.] My review of Walter Mosley’s Blonde Faith was due on June 15 (and was published in the July 2007 issue of Booklist; the book was published in October). It was a hectic time, […]

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Are there embarrassing details about Hunter S. Thompson that aren't part of the public record?
By November 1, 2007 4 Comments Read More →

Are there embarrassing details about Hunter S. Thompson that aren't part of the public record?

Anita Thompson doesn’t like Jann Wenner’s book about her late husband, Hunter S. Thompson. (Booklist‘s Donna Seaman did like the book, quite a bit.) From The New York Daily News (“Widow’s fear & loathing over Hunter S. Thompson bio,” Rush & Molloy): “There are beautiful parts in [Wenner's] book, but it sensationalizes Hunter unecessarily. It’s […]

Editing Examind
By November 1, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Editing Examind

Gordon Lish may have been a ruthless editor, but he was also a ruthless writer, according to Gerald Howard: the man who took an axe to Raymond Carver’s prose allowed no whittling of his own. At least, that’s what would have happened had Howard tried. From Slate (“I Was Gordon Lish’s Editor“): However, I can […]