Sunday, December 30, 2007

Reading Rat, December 2007

Articles, essays, and reviews on authors and works in my recommended reading

Pick of the bunch: History, politics, music, business, biography, memoir, letters and fiction. There is something for everyone in this round-up of the year's best books. The Economist, December 6, 2007

Critical Condition by James Wolcott, review of Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America by Gail Pool, The New Republic, December 4, 2007

Do we need a literary canon? by Richard Jenkyns, Prospect, December 2007

Radical un-chic by James Panero. On Tom Wolfe & the derriere garde. The New Criterion, December 2007

Books of the Year 2007, New Statesman, November 22, 2007

The 10 Best Books of 2007, 100 Notable Books of 2007, and Notable Children’s Books of 2007, The New York Times, December 2, 2007

Small library in India binds present with the past by Geeta Sharma-Jensen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 25, 2007

Ten Influential Books by Kenneth Rexroth, The Christian Century, December 12, 1962, at Bureau of Public Secrets

Review by David Luhrssen of Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda, Shepherd Express, December 27, 2007

In 2008, I Resolve To. . .Read More Books by Marjorie Pagel, Meet Me at the Corner, Franklin Now, Friday, Dec 21 2007, 11:31 AM

Third Culture Holiday Reading: Books By Edge Contributors (and others)--2007, by John Brockman, Edge

World Wide Words: Michael Quinion writes on International English from a British viewpoint

Books from Our Pages, The New Yorker, December 17, 2007


  1. The mention of Marquez reminded me of something I read in a Columbus Dispatch article today:

    Ugly Betty is returning to her roots, and Colombians aren't sure they like the idea.

    ABC's satire of telenovelas has just begun to air in Latin America, but in the country that gave birth to
    Yo Soy Betty la Fea, the series on which Ugly Betty is based, many people see the U.S. show as a pale imitation and an outright counterfeit.

    "Watching the gringo version would be like reading 100 Years of Solitude in English," says Fabian Sanabria, an anthropologist at the Universidad Nacional who studies television. "It makes no sense."

  2. Terrence--
    You have excellent taste in literature.

  3. Anonymous4:07 AM

    I second what rodak said.