Critical Notes

Roundup: Jhumpa Lahiri, Johnny Cash, Lemony Snicket and the letters of Leonard Bernstein

By Eric Liebetrau

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“Leonard Bernstein, the Man Behind the Legend of the Jewish Maestro.” Adam Kirsch on the legendary composer's collection of letters. Along with Jennifer Szalai, Kirsch asks, “What Would Aldous Huxley Make of the Way We Consume Media and Popular Culture?”

John Domini reviews Mira Corpora by Jeff Jackson.

For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Julie Hakim Azzam reviews Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Lowland and talks with Daniel Handler, otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, about his new children's series, All the Wrong Questions.

Buzzy Jackson reviews Robert Hilburn's new biography of Johnny Cash.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari talks to Amy Tan about the business of sex and the selling of illusion, her research for The Valley of Amazement. She also reviews the book for NPR.

Boy Detective” Walks Down Memory Lane, But Doesn't Get Anywhere.” Heller McAlpin explores Roger Rosenblatt's latest memoir.

In the Redwood Coast Review, Jonah Raskin talks to Bay Area women writers.

“News of the Weird in Poetryland”:&nnbsp;NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire for The Rumpus.

NBCC board member David L. Ulin: “Hilton Als' White Girls is a magnificent collection of essays that mixes criticism and memoir, fiction and nonfiction.” Ulin also reviews Richard Rodriguez's Darling.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Steven Watts' biography of Dale Carnegie, Self-Help Messiah.