Dec 19, 2012 @ 12:43:00 am
A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism author Peter Mountford makes a well-reasoned (and predictably unpopular) call for publishing houses to cap advances for “artful literary” books at $50,000.
New Yorker book critic James Wood rounds up the highlights of 2012, which include Joshua Cohen’s Four New Messages, Zadie Smith’s NW, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, anthropologist Kirin Narayan’s Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov.
Salman Rushdie was not the only member of the literary elite to be outraged by Mo Yan’s Nobel victory several weeks ago, but he was among the most vocal. Rushdie called Mo a “patsy” for his ties to China’s communist regime, and willingness to toe the party line. That comment was grounds for Pankaj Mishra to go after Rushdie in theGuardian this week. Mishra
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