Remainders: cubicle-bound Monday edition

  • Chris Lehmann argues that a new biography of William Maxwell rests partly on a “jargon-laden claim” that is “simultaneously grandiose and banal — and more to the point, oddly irrelevant to Maxwell’s writing.”
  • Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
  • “Have Scotland’s theatres exhausted the world dramatic repertoire? I only ask because, in recent weeks, we have seen stagings of prose fictions by Graham Greene, Christopher Brookmyre, Evelyn Waugh and Leo Tolstoy.”

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