Monday, October 22, 2007

Cancel intellectualism

Now devouring The Abstinence Teacher by Joe Perrotta (who wrote Election). Oh, I wish I could take a holiday from the rest of my life, and crawl under a duvet with a flashlight to finish it.

I am very looking forward to reading Eleanor Wachtel's new book Random Illuminations: Conversations with Carol Shields.

Today I was flattered to read that The London Review of Books is "an esteemed, small-circulation literary periodical read mainly by academics and bookish intellectuals." See, we get it at our house. But then I suppose any bookish intellectualism may well be cancelled out by Spice Mania.

I thought Anne Enright's piece was fair, thoughtful, and honest, by the way. And I am also looking forward to reading The Gathering.