Critical Notes

Roundup: Filming Faulkner, the New Shape of Book Events, Dwight Macdonald, and more

By Mark Athitakis

Faulkner: The TV series? Writer-producer David Milch talks with the Los Angeles Times Carolyn Kellogg about his new deal with HBO to bring William Faulkner’s works to the screen. At Slate, David Haglund asks Francine Prose, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and this blogger to speculate about which Faulkner stories and novels would (and wouldn’t) work.

Does the old-fashioned author reading need a reboot? The Wall Street Journal weighs in, with some insights from NBCC member Michele Filgate.

Jennifer Szalai reviews New York Review Books’ new collection of Dwight Macdonald essays, Masscult and Midcult.

Julia M. Klein reviews two memoirs on mental illness, Ned Zeman’s The Rules of the Tunnel and Rachel Hadas’ Strange Relation, for Columbia Magazine.

Lisa Guidarini reviews Colson Whitehead’s novel Zone One for BookBrowse.

Oscar Villalon interviews Jackie Bang about nonfiction writing at Zyzzyva.

Paul Wilner reviews Chris Matthews’ biography Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero for Obit.

Adam Kirsch’s new book, Why Trilling Matters, earns a lengthy consideration by William Grimaldi at the Daily Beast.

Maureen Corrigan rounds up a batch of books on or inspired by Sherlock Holmes for NPR.

David Ulin reviews Don DeLillo’s debut story collection, The Angel Esmerelda, for the Los Angeles Times.

Ron Charles reviews Peter Orner’s new novel, Love and Shame and Love, for the Washington Post.

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