Sunday, June 03, 2007

Summer Reads and the Writers Who Read Them

I like the quick little piece in today's New York Times. The Stephen King assessment of recent great reads sounds like he actually read them, and I like his quick descriptions. "Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski: Stories within stories, and a surprisingly compassionate look at Christianity in conflict with anthropology. I kept expecting tirades, and instead got sweetness and thoughtful good humor. A remarkable novel."

Some of the others sound like they're writing blurbs for the back cover -- and perhaps that's what they're doing. Then there are others that say virtually nothing, like Jonathan Safran Foer's assessment of Kalooki Nights, which he described as "a tragedy, and a work of genius."

Enjoy, and have a nice summer full of reading!