The Booker shortlist was announced. There were reactions all across the blogosphere, of course. A sample: another cookie crumbles, Blog of a Bookslut, KfC (in the comments), and The Mookse and The Gripes.
The ever concise bookbigot makes me want to scoot Elie Wiesel’s Night up the TBR list.
ANZ LitLovers Litblog points to Matilda for coverage of another book award, the 2009 Queenslands Premier’s Literary Awards. Wanting by Richard Flanagan won the fiction award. Lisa Hill had earlier praised the book, but questioned the propriety of an author’s messing about in a historical figure’s inner life. It is an interesting question. My most recent read raising the issue was DeLillo’s Libra. While I thought DeLillo’s messing about was to great effect, I do share some of Lisa’s misgivings.
Maud Newton muses on ebooks. She, like me, first experienced the transition from paper to photons at law school during the 90’s. She is optimistic, as am I.
An academic ponders writing intelligibly. I tend to agree with Richard Feynman’s point that, if you cannot explain something to a reasonably intelligent layperson, you probably do not fully understand it yourself. His Six Easy Pieces and Six Not-So-Easy Pieces are two of the best introductory physics books out there.
Kimbofo at Reading Matters poses an interesting question about reading books twice before reviewing them. I don’t. Generally, I only read a book a second time after a considerable period of time. Thus any changed perception is as likely due to changes in me as due to the fact of a second time through. A notable exception to my general tendency not to immediately re-read books was Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. It was so phenomenal I turned from the last page back to the first after about thirty seconds of awed reflection. I loved it the second time too.
This week’s list: 15 Towering Literary Artists who are still alive. Leave weapons at the door. (Via The Elegant Variation.)
The Elegant Variation will have a Marilynne Robinson giveaway tomorrow.