Still busy catching up on my reading but here are a few links worthy of notice:
– The American Spectator interviews Tom Wolfe. Here are two thought provoking quotes:
TAS: What do you think of the Internet?
Tom Wolfe: The Internet is the modern form of knitting. In the old days women who had nothing to do would knit, but at least you got something out of it — a pair of socks, maybe a scarf, occasionally a little bedspread. That’s mostly what the Internet is, just passing the time. But unfortunately you are dealing with words that can have meaning.
TAS: Will the novel survive the age of the Internet?
Tom Wolfe: No, the novel is committing suicide as fast as it can by turning its back on the world. The best writers are in masters of fine arts courses and they are encouraged to turn their backs on the world, not to get their hands dirty. They are told, never mind about all this social muck and write about your psychological relationship with your lover.
– Mark Sarvas and Dan Green take on The News From Paraguay. I have bookmarked this entry so I can come back to it. As I plan to read the book soon, I want to come at it with an unbiased perspective.
– Just so I can be the last person to link to him, Robert Birnbaum has an interview with T.C. Boyle.
– Similarly, allow me to join the chorus of lit bloggers in congratulating Moorish Girl for her successful book deal. Rather impressive don’t you think? Hats off to Laila.
That’s all for now.