Remainders: while my attention is elsewhere edition

  • Monsters & Critics posts photos from the screen adaptation of Everything is Illuminated, starring Elijah Wood.
  • A Times profile of Julian Barnes runs through past salacious revelations about the author and suggests that the accolades heaped on Barnes’ work by the French and Americans mystify critics in his native Britain.
  • Some terribly misguided adults, including Ursula K. LeGuin, have objected to Roald Dahl’s children’s books. (Insert obligatory mention of my own Dahl faux pas.)
  • David Lodge argues that some of Henry James’ more obscure stories “throw an oblique light on the much debated question of his sexuality.”
  • New Music Express, a legendary British rock magazine, counts among its former acolytes Jonathan Coe and Nick Hornby, and is the subject of a new BBC documentary.
  • “Poor Ken [John Kennedy] Toole may have killed himself because his apparently failed novel was the only vehicle he could foresee that would get him away from his mother.”
  • David Foster Wallace delivers a commencement speech.
  • Liz Calder, best known nowadays for unleashing the Harry Potter series on a fantasy-susceptible populace, but also Anita Brookner’s, Julian Barnes’ and Salman Rushdie’s first publisher, is profiled in the Guardian.


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