Critical Notes

Roundup: Jonathan Lethem, Dave Eggers, Jesmyn Ward and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Jon Wiener interviews Jonathan Lethem for the Nation.

Andrea Scrima's essay on Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai's new book Seiobo There Below, forthcoming from New Directions, in the new issue of the Quarterly Conversation.

In the New York Times, Jay Jennings rounds up some recent sports-related books.

Larry Smith considers recent Nobel winner Alice Munro.

Parul Kapur Hinzen, chief book critic at, talks to Jesmyn Ward, 2011 National Book Award winner, about her new memoir Men We Reaped, in which she examines the tragic deaths of her brother and four other young black men in her Mississippi community.

Gaiutra Bahadur reviews Tim Finch's debut novel, House of Journalists, for the New York Times Book ReviewShe also reviews Daniel Alarcon's At Night We Walk in Circles for Columbia Magazine. Gaiutra's first book, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, will be out in November in the U.S. and October in the U.K. and India.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf takes a long look at Max Blumenthal's Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

What does Alan Greenspan have in common with Michel Houellebecq?, asks NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg.

Bill Williams reviews Katy Butler's Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death for the Palm Beach Arts Paper.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari explores Dave Eggers new novel, The Circle.

Jan Gardner offers a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney.

Fall Reads from Linda Wolfe.