Hell’s Bibliophiles: A gang of readers whose motto is ‘Live to Read; Read to Live.’ Don’t fuck with them. There’s enough here to keep you busy till dinner. James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’: I learned last night that the scientific term ‘quark’ comes from Joyce’s ‘Finnegan’s Wake.’ Must explain why so many Web designers can’t lay out a single page of text. Newt Gingrich, Book Critic: A titan with a compact. Ted Kaczynski’s recommended reading: Notably, ‘Les Miserables.’ Front cover illustration, Brave New! Book! By Man!!, fellatious review for Jonathan Franzen: Further evidence he may have a PR department at his disposal.It should be said that for all our sneering and sarcasm leveled at Franzen, we have not read his new book, nor his old ones, and we are willing to believe that this new book is a great, breathtaking thing. We simply hate orchestrated orgies of praise. That Franzen is probably a nice man, affectionate and thoughtful, good with the elderly, sure, we’ll give you that; that he is capable of eliciting an honest chorus of ‘Here! Now! Buy this great new brilliant genius work of brilliance!’ from every organ of American criticism simply by his own merits my ass.
Congratulations FSG, you’ve made yourself a classic. Attention Dave Eggers: please have your desk cleared by six.