Category Archives: Friends

Loving Beth Cooper

Guess who has a review in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review? No, not me. Mark Sarvas has written what I think is a spot on review of Larry Doyle’s I Love You, Beth Cooper. I read this book a few weeks ago and found the writing mostly funny, if a little sloppy. The two main characters, the nerd and the popular girl, are very well written, as Mark says, “rendered with sensitivity and depth”.

Talking with Sigrid Nunez

Not me—Robert Birnbaum of course. He sat down with Sigrid Nunez to discuss, among other things, music, writing, Susan Sontag, book tours and author readings, and whatnot. I read The Last of Her Kind at the tail of last year. I found it full of rich prose and powerful characters that stick in your mind.