“The Clock at the Biltmore: 2010 Mid-Year Round-Up” – The Mookse and the Gripes (this is a mid-year summary of his excellent coverage of short fiction in the New Yorker).
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster reviewed by Sasha & The Silverfish
“The Floating Library” – James Wood (in The New Yorker; praising David Mitchell)
And more reviews of David Mitchell’s latest, because I am eager to read it, I am enthralled with his genius, and everyone else has gotten to it first:
John Self’s Asylum (“Each scene is a small perfection of detail and narrative payoff, and what is remarkable is how Mitchell achieves the sense of immersion while keeping his details spare and unobtrusive.”)
Interpolations (perhaps describing some of those same details: “Like a prolapsed arm jutting out rudely between labial narrative folds.”)
The Mookse and The Gripes (“I think Mitchell’s work is much more interesting when he takes that omniscience out of the formula and allows the intimacies of one human mind to suggest what’s going on…”)
*Apologetic Note: If you have noticed, I have been slow to post. There are a variety of factors, none of which include that I have no completed yet unposted-upon books (“unposted-upon” is a word), which conspired to prevent a post so far this week or last. I would hope someone occasionally visits expecting a new post and, therefore, my apologies for whatever disappointment my failure to post has caused. I will have a review up sometime before Monday and, hopefully, will resume regular posting next week.