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Brockman-Free Book News

To follow up on the story I spoke of on Friday, today the Oregonian runs a story about the book reading for A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger that Powell's hosted at the First Unitarian Church in Portland last Thursday. Junger was confronted by Norm Frink, the chief deputy district attorney of Mulnomah County and Steve Doell, the president of Crime Victims United, both who were vocally critical of Junger's book, and were eventually asked to leave after creating a disturbance at the event. Doell is the father of a murdered child and his agency, Crime Victims United, seeks to address problems in Oregon's criminal justice system. Powells.com's customer comments page of Junger's book now has two postings by Leah Goldberg (although the second, posted on Saturday May 6, seems to contain much of the same material as the first and doesn't seem to be addressing Junger's response to her previous posting.).

Sunday's New York Times Book Review features a second review for Philip Roth's Everyman, this time by South African author Nadine Gordimer. Unlike Michiko Kakutani's review from last month, Gordimer does not find the novel "a cobbled-together production of a writer coasting wearily along on automatic pilot." I suppose it is fashionable to bitch about Mich, but still, I think I'll be backing the Nobel Laureate in Literature on this one.

Sadly Brockman is still absent, but I know that from his sick bed he will still be beaming at the appalling box-office numbers that Mission Impossible III recieved over the weekend. Perhaps everyone was satisfied to stay at home with the New Yorker reading Anthony Lane's predictably thrilling review? Salon ran a lovely one as well, by Stephanie Zacharek. But perhaps, unlike reviewing Roth, reviewing Cruise is kinda like shooting fish in a barrel?

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  1. A Death in Belmont
    Used Hardcover $1.50

One Response to "Brockman-Free Book News"

    Michael May 9th, 2006 at 7:30 am

    How exciting to have a mini-riot erupt at a book event--and also to have people removed. I thought only politicians had protesters trying to shout them down.

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