What Are You Looking Forward to Reading, David Remnick?

by David Haglund | Jul-05-2010

After reading quite a lot of fiction by younger writers for The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 issue, I’m reading a few new books in galleys—novels by Jonathan Franzen (Freedom) and Philip Roth (Nemesis), Ron Chernow’s biography of George Washington, plus Diana Trilling’s memoir of her marriage to Lionel Trilling, and (a discovery thanks to a Barnes & Noble re-issue), Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book on Maimonides. Thomas Barfield’s Afghanistan is a sobering history. And August is reserved for re-reading the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of Anna Karenina, which my son is reading for school. That way we can talk about something beyond the state of the Yankee pennant prospects.

 

David Remnick has twice been a finalist for an NBCC Award: in 1993 in nonfiction for Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire and in 1998 in biography for King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. His latest book is The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, which was published earlier this year. He is the editor of The New Yorker. (Photo: Time Out New York)




About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).

Subscribe

SIGN UP FOR CRITICAL NOTES





Categories & Archives

Become a Friend of the NBCC

Upcoming Events

NBCC at AWP18: March 09th, 2018

NBCC Finalists’ Reading: March 14th, 2018

NBCC Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 15th, 2018


NBCC Awards

Award Winners for 2016

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions


Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Finalists Reading

Video: New Literary Journals

Video: The VIDA Count and Gender Bias in Book Reviewing

Podcast: What Is Criticism? NBCC Winners and Finalists at AWP

All videos and podcasts.