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March 10, 2008

Digging Out

Heather Mallick on the fake memoir craze: “The phenomenon is interesting, but the reasons behind it are fascinating. Is it mere animal spirits? Or is it what P.G. Wodehouse called the craze for notoriety, the curse of the modern age?”

Ali Smith on Carson McCullers: “She was capable of reading so deeply that she wouldn’t notice her own house go up in flames around her, as once happened when she was lost in Dostoevsky. Unable as a child to stop reading Katherine Mansfield’s stories when she went to the store for groceries, she carried on as she asked for the goods at the counter, then under the street lamp outside. As a fledgling writer, she was sacked from her day job as a book-keeper for a New York company when the boss found her deep in Proust’s Swann’s Way under the big ledger.” (I am going to try this trick, and hopefully be sacked from my day job too.)

The Monsters of Templeton, which I adored upon reading, is called “a pleasurably surreal cross between The Stone Diaries and Kind Hearts and Coronets” in The Guardian. More on Alan Sillitoe on his 80th. Janice Kulyk Keefer’s wonderful novel The Ladies’ Lending Library is awarded (and you might recall I adored that one too).

And I am very excited because I just put Katrina Onstad’s novel How Happy To Be on hold at the library, as well as Rebecca Rosenblum‘s favourite novel Weetzie Bat, and Mom the Wolfman and Me (for old time’s sake). Now reading Zoe Whittall’s novel Bottle Rocket Hearts.

2 thoughts on “Digging Out”

  1. Rebecca Rosenblum says:

    You won’t be sorry!!!

  2. Kerry says:

    I’m sure I won’t be. Perhaps I should have persisted with Sassy instead of subscribing to YM.

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