I read all 600 pages, give or take, of
“Special Topics in Calamity Physics” author Marisha Pessl’s new novel, “Night Film.” Like many of the books I still think about, I devoured it, and it drove me crazy. Here’s my review on Goodreads.
Special Topics in Calamity Fiction
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It’s always fun to take bets on upcoming prizes, and this year the National Book Awards have given us a treat: a longlist! Herewith, my predictions for that list. Nathan Rostron’s National Book Award for Fiction longlist predictions: Tenth of …
J.D. gone, there aren’t many writers left who defy connectivity in all forms. Cheers to Thomas Pynchon, who (still, amazingly) resists simulacra propagation (as he might say).
Who is he, really?
Still, we can’t help but wonder… so I asked David Gilbert, Ramona Ausubel, Toby Barlow and Teddy Wayne to offer their
Thomas Pynchon conspiracy theories. Pilot? Pot Smuggler? Sounds plausible to me.
My talk with Texas public radio program
Good Books Radio about Fictional Characters Who ‘Break Bad’:
the final season of “Breaking Bad” ramping up, we’re eager to see just how far down the road to perdition Walter White will go. Walt’s turn to the dark side has plenty of literary precedence–from Macbeth to Jack Torrance in “The Shining” and “Gone Girl” Amy Dunne.
It can be overwhelming. #readerproblems
For thriller seekers: this fall’s books to watch for
Stephen King and John Grisham give fans sequels to their early classics; Lee Child, Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly all introduce new installments in their iconic thriller series; patriarch of the legal thriller Scott Turow has a new standalone novel and William Boyd reinvents James Bond–plus two novels starring identical twins and two new books that could be the next film vehicles for Matthew McConaughey.