Critical Notes

Roundup Time


NBCC board member and Critical Mass blogger Scott McLemee on “All the Sad Young Men”.

NBCC board member Art Winslow on Christopher Benfey’s “A Summer of Hummingbirds.”

NBCC board member Geeta Sharma-Jensen on a series of books by Wisconsin writers examining ethics and ethos. And on what people read when they’re tossing and turning (including thoughts on this from NBCC board members Linda Wolfe and Barbara Hoffert).

NBCC member Paul Wilner on “Sleeping it Off in Rapid City.”NBCC board member and LA Festival of the Book honcho David L. Ulin’s advice for aspiring young writers.

A contributor’s thoughts on “New European Poets,” edited by NBCC board member Kevin Prufer and Wayne Miller.

Granta’s new blog here.

National Magazine Awards to be announced tonight in NYC. The Paris Review, nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award in fiction, for stories by André Aciman (summer 2007), Uzodinma Iweala (summer 2007), and Alistair Morgan (winter 2007), has a new issue, some online here.

Zoetrope’s National Magazine Awards finalists can be read here, here, and here.

Other fiction finalists:

Harper’s Magazine, for “Death of the Pugilist,” by Daniel Mason; “Fiction, by Alice Munro; “A Report on Our Recent Troubles,” by Steven Millhauser.

McSweeney’sm for “Retreat,” by Wells Tower; “How To Sell,” by Clancy Martin, and “How to Make Millions in the Oil Market,” by Christopher R. Howard.

The New Yorker, for “Good People,” by David Foster Wallace; “The Insufferable Gaucho,” by Roberto Bolaño, and “Or Else,” by Antonya Nelson.