And I’ll say it one more time: read this book. Just plain excellent.
I dunno, maybe the Bloggies are a bigger deal that I realized, but I find it difficult to get too worked up over blog awards. (But then again, I can hardly rouse proper indignation for the Booker et al., so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask.)
Nevertheless, in this post on the Bloggies’s indifference toward the litblogosphere, I think Max makes a very apropos remark:
Well, well, well. Alex Ross:
The way things have been going lately, I should just program Typepad to do an automatic post to the newest Guardian Review every week. At least three articles are definitely worthy of your attention this week:
Shakespeare’s sonnets, for the first time ever, are being set to music.
Well, not quite that thrilling, but there is some useful info here.
The part I find most interesting is that the Book Review "winnows down" from 1,000 books per week. I don’t know how common this is, but I submit that if a large amount of the time of you and your assistant editors is spent tossing out books you’re not interested in reviewing, then you’re losing out on time that could be well spent making the Book Review a better product.
Again, for all I know this is SOP at all major papers nationwide, but it would . . . continue reading, and add your comments
J. Peder Zane’s new book The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books, is an interesting little item. Of course, we’ve all had our fill of top ten lists to the point that it’s socially inept to express too much enthusiasm for them any more. (Sven Birkerts, for example, in his introductory essay: "ranked lists of writers or books are my Achilles heel.") All too often they just tell us what we already know, and even though Birkerts tries valiantly to take away something, truth be told, I don’t think the aggregated Top Top Ten List presented . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Who knew the atypical format of Mark Z. Danielewski’s Only Revolutions would prove so popular that the LA Times woud adapt it for its book review section?
Random House now lets you search through the text of roughly 5,000 titles. With the search results, you get either a dtring of about 20 words from the book, or the entire page, if it is one of the pages made available. Obviously, this is interesting in light of Google Books and Amazon Search Inside.
One other notable aspect: as part of the roll-out of the service, Random House has made available widgets that most bloggers (depending on software) can install on their blogs so that any visitor can search inside from a blog. Seems to be a . . . continue reading, and add your comments