Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.
“In discussing what makes something literary, I increasingly believe (and teach) that one quality is the protagonist also as antagonist.”
Alexander Chee breaks down Asterios Polyp, one of my favorite graphic novels.
“I compare it to a very minor facility, such as the guy in your family who can bend his finger back and touch his wrist.”
Calvin Trillin on being funny.
“Roth’s book trailers cost as much as $50,000 each, and involve a full complement of actors, computer-generated effects, costumes and set designs with the high production values of a movie trailer.”
Not surprisingly, people who make book trailers are big fans of book trailers.
“…I was operating under the time-tested prejudice that books I’ve read are always better than books I haven’t read.”
Ron Charles reverses his position on the finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards. Well, at least one of them.