I guess "Happy Cyber Tuesday" would be overdoing it, huh? Well, then I'll just say "Merry Ordinary Tuesday," and we'll begin.
- The Christian Science Monitor offers its Best Fiction (and Nonfiction) of 2005. Be the first in your neighborhood to collect 'em all!
- In today's New York Times, Michiko Kakutani (henceforth known as "The Big K") reviews The Scorpion's Gate, Richard A. Clarke's first novel (that's the same Clarke who wrote Against All Enemies, the book that woke a complacent nation to the wrongdoings of the Bush administration and helped President Kerry win the '04 election). The Big K pronounces thusly:
Though Mr. Clarke's fast, twisty plot could easily be turned into an implausible Tom Cruise action-adventure movie, The Scorpion's Gate is less interesting as a Tom Clancy-esque thriller than as a kind of parable.
- Not to blow our own horn or anything, but (toot!) Powell's is a Buyblue Christmas Pick for 2005. And we get a mention in the latest PW Daily. Which makes up, I suppose, for Portland being squeezed out of the top ten list of America's Most Literate Cities 2005. (We're number eleven. Which is great, actually, because when we need that little extra kick, we just go to eleven.)
- Bookslut's blog points us to the Guardian's list of the nominees for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Honorees include two of our Holiday Catalog picks, Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, along with John Updike, Marlon Brando (sans butter), and Paul Theroux.
- Maud Newton points us toward this piece about the fate of Vladimir Nabokov's final unpublished manuscript.
- The Times also has a review of The Libertine, a film that opened last week in New York and L.A., starring Johnny Depp as the writer John Wilmot. Critic Charles McGrath notes:
Johnny Depp plays Wilmot as a kind of fallen archangel, a prince of arrogance and self-loathing, and we watch him rot before our eyes, as he gradually becomes crippled and incontinent; his teeth decay and his skin erupts in lesions; and finally his nose falls off. By the end he's like a figure who has lurched in from a horror movie.
- And this... well, this is one of those too-good-to-be-true stories that I just can't keep to myself: Ronald McDonald robs a Wendy's. (Word has it police are also considering Grimace a "person of interest" in an Arby's break-in... though, curiously, no one seems to be holding the Hamburglar for anything.)
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