Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Hitchens’

Catching up with Christopher Hitchens: “Darfur, Zimbabwe, Burma, North Korea, anywhere that the concept of human rights doesn’t exist, it’s always the Chinese at backstop. And always for reasons that you could write down in three words: blood for oil.”

Interesting new books scheduled for publication in 2011, including a new book of stories by Colm Toibin and a new translation of Rimbaud by none other than John Ashbery.

And Danielle Evans on Outsider Fiction.

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‘Tis the season for the various and sundry lists of the year’s Best Books to begin appearing.

Here are lists from Dwight Garner, Michiko Kakutani and Janet Maslin.

Takeaways:

— It’s been a rich year for memoir/biography: “big” memoirs by Roland Barthes, Christopher Hitchens, Keith Richards, Patti Smith; new biographies of Henry Aaron, Cleopatra, Frank Sinatra, Simon Wiesenthal.

— The New York Times continues its maddening practice of hardly noticing contemporary poetry at all, ever. But Kay Ryan‘s Selected did manage a mention somehow.

If you run across any other Best Books lists, please post a link in the comments.

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