Remainders: still frantic, and way behind on email, edition

  • For NPR’s new “You Must Read This” series, Chris Lehmann talks with George Saunders about the work of Isaac Babel.
  • Sean Wilsey argues that John Updike is wrong to fear digitized books. And he reveals the truth behind the “standing ovation” at BookExpo. “I can report that it was a reluctant standing ovation. A single woman stood immediately, while most others sat for as long as possible, until her solitude grew unbearable, and they joined in to relieve her embarrassment.”

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