Wednesday, April 14, 2004

The Wednesday morning roundup 

The Independent's big interview is with Martin Sixsmith, ousted politico in the Blair government who has turned his hand to writing what is perhaps a thinly veiled roman a clef about how much his bosses suck. Meanwhile, David Sexton of the Evening Standard (but reprinted in the Scotsman) finds the novel, SPIN, to be lost in the midst of murk.

Ron Rosenbaum writes a curious (and lengthy) article in the NY Observer about the possibility that Nabokov's LOLITA was borrowed from an earlier short story. It sums up all the possibilities....and then takes a few flying leaps. Anti-Nazi propaganda? Cryptomensia? Who on earth edited this piece? Oy.

Alexander McCall Smith describes a recent visit to the Palm Springs Desert Literary Society--and a meeting with one of his biggest fans, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist, Flea.

Does the Pulitzer Prize matter for books? Jeff Guinn at the Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram ponders the question.

The British Science Fiction Award has been given to Jon Courtenay Grimwood for Best Novel, and Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean took home the short story prize for "The Wolves in the Walls."

Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who write psychological thrillers together under the pseudonym Nicci French, have a new book out, but Barry Forshaw isn't impressed with its plot contrivances and stupid behavior on the part of most of the characters.

George Pelecanos was touring London recently, and one of his stops was the Wandsworth Prison, where he read an excerpt from HARD REVOLUTION and entertained questions from inmates there.

And finally, it's not the easiest job in the world by any stretch, but hell, someone has to do it.

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