The Writer’s Pet is looking for book ideas for her parents.
Are Blogs the Next Big Threat to the Independent Bookstore? (The Reading Ape)
The Finkler Question has won the 2010 Man Booker Prize. I originally liked the blurb about it, then KfC convinced me it was not for me, then John Self, Trevor, and the Man Booker Prize committee strongly suggested otherwise. I think I might read it after all. Even if you don’t read the book, the discussion on the linked blogs above is extremely interesting.
A pessimistic view of current fiction and MFA programs: “[T]he torture of walking into a bookshop these days: it’s not that you think the books will all be terrible; it’s that you know they’ll all have a certain degree of competent workmanship, that most will have about three genuinely beautiful or interesting sentences and no really bad ones, that many will have at least one convincing, well-observed character, and that nearly all will be bound up in a story that you can’t bring yourself to care about.”
The horror! Someone who is not friends with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and who thinks capitalism isn’t all bad has won the Nobel. Oops.