Not long ago I promised that this site would begin featuring more original content, including reviews of new and not-so-new books. So, in the coming weeks, on no particular schedule, look for periodic posts in a new “Book Reactions” category (see above).
I’ve asked a few smart, trusted critics to read and respond to books I receive from publishers in the mail. The responses will range from the very short (sorry to disappoint those understandably seeking more rigorous discussion) to the let-me-print-this-out massive (although contributions dealing with more than one book, or with other book- or culture- related topics, will appear as Guest Opinions and Dispatches).
Some book reactions may take the form of formal reviews; most won’t.