The Guardian on Barack Obama’s skill with narrative, as well as his fascination with Marilynn Robison’s Gilead.

Not content with listing the top ten or a hundred books, The Guardian lists their top 1,000,000 books (okay, top 1,000 — but still, I feel bludgeoned).

Lev Grossman in Time Magazine weighs in on the state of publishing with an article that is much more insightful than the title might imply.

Yiyun Li, whose last short story collection was “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” has a selection from her novel coming out in installments this week from Five Chapters.

Luna Park now has a list of sites about Little Magazines.

Ed Champion has a nearly civil conversation with Sam Tanenhaus. Now this is a momentous occasion (And Levi Asher was also there).

Jacket Copy has a post on the letters between Walker Percy and Bruce Springsteen, including Springsteen’s fascination with Flannery O’Connor.

Here are the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Finalists:

  • Roberto BolaƱo, 2666
  • Marilynne Robinson, Home
  • Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project
  • M. Glenn Taylor, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart
  • Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
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