Tuesday March 30th, 2010

In the Ether

robert-binghamAndrew Adler remembers the writer Robert Bingham, who died 10 years ago at the age of 33. . . . Andrew W.K.’s performance as a judge (in the semifinals, no less) in the Tournament of Books has the event’s readers up in arms, or at least scratching their heads, and I can’t say I blame them. . . . Lorrie Moore has made the latest book-club choice for the New Yorker’s Book Bench. She calls her selection a “stunning novel-in-stories,” in which the writing is “informed by both the empirical and the lyrical, is heart-wrenching and gorgeous and its several voices are done indelibly and with unwavering authority.” . . . Creative Nonfiction gathers some memorable opening lines. (“The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call ‘out there.’ ” –In Cold Blood) . . . At The Valve, Adam Roberts reads Podvig by Nabokov. (”The novel as a whole makes a salutary counterexample to those who think Nabokov’s schtick was an ‘aesthetics of cruelty’; for it is a novel about goodness, and beauty…”) . . . A belated happy seventh birthday to The Millions. Seven years on the Internet is a long time. . . . Open Letters has added another blog to its family: Novel Readings, written by Rohan Maitzen, an English professor in Nova Scotia. . . . Terry Teachout shares 10 books that influenced him. . . . A new book causes Gregory Cowles to wonder: “[I]f a brilliant and prominent novelist — a Nobel laureate, say — were to record his thoughts and observations in a blog, might it amount to literature?”