As we wind back up to full speed after too many weeks of doing ‘naff all’ (a technical marketing term apparently), here are some of the links I’ve been clicking:
Bill Buford founded Granta magazine in 1979 and this piece in The Guardian does a great job of explaining the workings of one of the best literary magazines around. The following description of the office of the editor suggests that The Reader may soon overtake Granta, if only because its accommodation is so much more cerebral:
… Granta’s new home in an elegant wood-floored, white-walled town house in Holland Park is testament to the new owner’s ambitions … the old-school have already joked that no good thinking can possibly emanate from such swish surroundings.
Literary blog The Millions goes back as far as 2004 and over the years has done a stellar book reviewing job. As of January 2nd all those reviews are gathered together in a gigantic index, which you can find here. It looks like a great resource.
And could this assessment of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo be the most positive book review of 2007? If it’s not, we want to know what is.