A few weeks ago, someone on this blog posted a comment about how he found blurbs from authors on the front and back covers of books to be most useful recommendations. From what he said, it seemed to me that he was the sort of reader who would actually pick up a book because of its blurb(s). Read more

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Roth or Updike, Updike or Roth… I have never been able to make up my mind about whom, between the two titans, I admire more.

I have always been torn between these two heroes of mine, and I have been thinking about the matter again after having reviewed John Updike’s posthumously published collection, My Father’s Tears & Other Stories. Read more

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Faber & Faber, the legendary London-based publishing house, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. I wrote about it last Saturday, but a blog lets you do what print can’t, so I shall use that advantage now to put up links to some excellent pieces on Faber, and its anniversary. Read more

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Last week, I put up a (brief) list of words I love to hate, and invited you to send in yours. The response has been very enthusiastic, thank you very much. Not a man to go back on my word, I am putting up the list of words/phrases you said made you wince/cringe. Read more

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