Saturday, November 29, 2008


Roberto Bolaño wrote "2666," which was named Time Magazine's Best Book of 2008. Difficult, cranky, opinionated--and dead--he is finally catching on in the English-speaking world. It's about time. For more on Bolaño, click here.
Read the NYRB review of "2666" is
here. Read an insightful piece on "2666" by Marcela Valdes in the Nation here.

Christmas shopping for books?

This year, my favorites were "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," by Junot Diaz; "Tree of Smoke," by Denis Johnson; "The Midnight Disease," by Alice Flaherty, "How Fiction Works," by James Wood, "The Savage Detectives," by Roberto Bolaño, "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein, and "Lush Life," by Richard Price. (I just started the last book, and I can already tell you it will make my list.) That's four fiction, and two non-fiction, if anyone is counting.

For more Best Books of 2008, check out these lists:

New York Times Best Books of 2008

Michiko Kakutani, NYTimes

Janet Maslin, NYTimes

Publisher's Weekly

2008 National Book Award Winners--listen to them read HERE.

Since we started this blog, a good deal of space has been devoted to writers and writing. The list below will help you look up past stories and interviews.

Jorge Luis Borges is HERE

Thomas Pynchon is HERE

Cormac McCarthy, Ken Kesey, Jonathan Lethem, & Jonathan Franzen are HERE.

Denis Johnson and David Foster Wallace are HERE

Colson Whitehead, & Tin House Writers Conference is HERE

David Foster Wallace is HERE

Roberto Bolano is HERE

Tim O'Brien and Amy Hempel are HERE

Tim O'Brien on War Stories are HERE

Junot Diaz is HERE

Henry Miller is HERE

Charles d'Ambrosio is HERE

Norman Mailer chats with Martin Amis HERE

Norman Mailer's obituary is HERE

Ray Bradbury is HERE

"Great Short Stories" are HERE

"Reading Books" is HERE

Michael Chabon and Oakley Hall are HERE

"Every Day I Write the Book" is HERE

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