This week’s Sunday essay is from Susan Straight. Here’s Susan talking to Brad Listi at Other People. Tod Goldberg is interviewing her for the Rumpus soon.
Something about this election is giving everyone PTSD flashbacks of Ayn Rand. Here’s Steve Almond’s Election Literary Smackdown pitting Rand against Steinbeck. And here’s your Sunday-spit-take winner: George Saunders’ “I Was Ayn Rand’s Lover.”
Sandy-survivors, Melville House offers First-aid for your water-damaged books.
I find GoodReads kind of indecipherable. Still, their Choice Awards are some of the only awards out there entirely driven by readers, so voting seems worthwhile.
Barbara Shoup was an early mentor of mine in the Other Voices magazine days. Here’s an excerpt from her timely and beautiful new novel, An American Tune.
And I heard Kat Meads read this week at Women & Children First, in Chicago. She knocked me on my ass. I’m not that interested in either historical novels or Russian history (uh, probably I’m not supposed to say that in public?) but Kat’s For You, Madam Lenin, transcends those kinds of specialized categories. It’s a vibrantly alive, weird, deeply psychological novel. Don’t take my word for it: Kat talks about her work here.
Bloomberg has endorsed Obama. Colin Powell did it too. Will it matter? What about those Bane Capital-owned voting machines? Fingers crossed that I won’t be sending out the Round-up from Canada next Sunday…