My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: September 5, 2009

Due to time limitations, my usual posting schedule has been disrupted this week. However, it means this edition of My Favorite Lit-Blog Things will be more full than ever.

First, click over to Kevin from Canada’s coverage of the Booker. The shortlist will be out Tuesday. KfC has high quality reviews of every longlisted book and a post of favorites/shortlist-predictions with quick summaries. You can browse his Booker postings from now until Tuesday or simply hop over for a quick rundown. But go.

In related news, if KfC doesn’t make you pre-order Summertime, John Self surely will. The two reviews are complementary rather than redundant. So, unless your book budget cannot stand it, go read both now.

Via A Commonplace Blog, this interesting essay on “The Function of Book Blogging at the Present Time, 4” by Benjamin Stein.

The one and only Caustic Cover Critic, as prelude to an interview with an executive designer, has Nabokovs and others from Penguin Australia. Great covers from a great blog.

“I appreciate a semicolon in a text message, for example.” (Posting about an e.e. cummings collection.)

Laila Lalami’s On Class and Race/Sex is a great post linking to other great discussions on the subject. It actually dovetails nicely with this awkward stuff (just start reading the comments): “Awkward Stuff: Race, Women, Writers, Editors”. (The latter via A Salted)

You can get lost in Maud Newton’s literary quips, observations, instructions & warngins.

Traces reviews Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. I love Kundera, so…

Google’s “book search’s metadata are a train wreck: a mishmash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.

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5 Responses to My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: September 5, 2009

  1. Sarah says:

    I haven’t read any JM Coetzee, so I hope that Summertime is a good place to start. You’re quite right, both of your cited reviews make a persuasive case.

  2. Kerry says:

    The reviews are persuasive. If, like me, you will be waiting until December because the book is not out in the U.S. until then, you might start with Disgrace which is fairly short, conventional, and accessible, as well as brilliantly written.

  3. Mish says:

    Totally unrelated, thanks for your input on Winter of Our Discontent.

  4. Kerry says:

    No problem, Mish. Thanks for swinging by. Come back soon.

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