Sally Rooney’s Normal People wins Book of the Year

I first came across Sally Rooney in The New Yorker this year. “Color and Light” was an amazing, unsettling story. If you like, you can devote 35 minutes of your life to listening to Rooney herself read the story here. While you’re listening to things, Dan & Eric had a good discussion on the story… Continue reading Sally Rooney’s Normal People wins Book of the Year

The discipline of Danielle Steel

An author profile in Glamour magazine? Yeah. Not Nicholas Sparks? Yeah. A wonderful 1,500-word profile of Danielle Steel? Yeah. If they’d set the over/under on her output at 100 books, I’d have taken the under. I think most of us would have. Well, she’s written 179 books. I’ve read as many of her books as… Continue reading The discipline of Danielle Steel

What Monty Python taught George Saunders

LitHub had a Q&A with George Saunders, which provided this gem -> Which non-literary piece of culture—film, tv show, painting, song—could you not imagine your life without? Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It comes out of a very smart place that is political and yet never forgets to entertain and self-lacerate and be silly. For… Continue reading What Monty Python taught George Saunders

Island fiction

Laura Elliot (Guilty, Grand Central Publishing) has a clever piece over at CrimeReads in which she runs through the hows and wheres and whys of setting a novel on an island. From the Falklands to the Faroe Islands, from Lehane to Golding, the essay covers some ground. Read it here