On NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday: Writers respond to Michiko Kakutani. (No permalink; scroll down or search archives.)
J.M. Coetzee’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
“Coetzee’s curse“: “Under apartheid, South African writers fought race hatred; now they are accused of it.” (No permalink. See current issue, “Arts & Books” section.)
Also in the current issue of Prospect: “Texas for cretins,” in which the DBC Pierre effort is characterized as “shallow and safe.” (Again, no permalink. See “Arts & Books” section.)
Guardian critics and guest writers select their favorite books of the year.
Smart critique of Joan Acocella’s recent New Yorker piece about Joyce’s daughter and other women connected with writers.
Boring wrap-up of scandals associated with 2003 literary awards in the U.K.
Ben Greenman of The New Yorker “happy to have this whole eyeliner pencil incident out in the open.”
New issue of Boldtype in my inbox.
Phony book deal The Fold Drop.)