“In Praise of Prose” – D.G. Meyers (an essay on Francine Prose in Commentary magazine by the proprietor of A Commonplace Blog: “Prose is able to do something that none of her contemporaries has done. She has wedded the postmodern novel, with the consciousness of its own existence as fiction, to the explicitly moral intention of novelists like Eliot.”
Interpolations is a relatively new blog with superb riffs on literary subjects. Right now, he is working on Proust (“Lost Time?“) and, as part of his project, provides a summary of Roger Shattuck’s guide to Proust, Proust’s Way. Great stuff.
“The Prisoner Intellectual” – Paul Berman (a very interesting article on Arthur Koestler whose Darkness at Noon was already on my 2010 TBR and is now etched on the TBR.
“Love, Actually” – Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic (part commentary on teenage girls and modern culture, part book review, part call-to-arms for parents of teenage girls)
Things that should have been linked on May 14:
John Self at the Asylum has reviewed David Mitchell’s most recent work: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
If you have not been by The Mookse and The Gripes recently, you should swing by soon. He has a post (May 7th) on one of my favorite novellas, Ethan Frome, an insightful and engaging post (May 17th) on Henry James’s excellent Daisy Miller, and the results of “The Lost Man Booker” prize. And other excellent content too, of course, but I really enjoyed those three (and meant to link to his review of Ethan Frome weeks ago, but somehow neglected it.