- Sam Tanenhaus discusses the NYTBR 2004 best books selections at On Point.
- I neglected to mention Jenny Traig’s virtual book tour stint at The Elegant Variation yesterday, but her memoir, Devil in the Details, gets raves from Stephen Elliott and Twinkle, Twinkle Blah Blah Blah Etc., so let’s all pick it up.
- “A leading authority on Sherlock Holmes took his own life in a way meant to suggest that a rival had murdered him, it has been claimed.”
- If you still haven’t dipped into The Paris Review‘s old interviews with the likes of Dorothy Parker and Graham Greene, maybe Laura Miller’s recent article will persuade you to take a look:
The earlier interviews — with E. M. Forster, William Styron, James Thurber, Faulkner and Parker, among others — are remarkable for their lack of guardedness and false modesty. “I was more ambitious than she was, of course,” says Forster when asked about the influence of Jane Austen, and he serenely admits to thinking highly of his own work.