This week: the obscurity of National Book Award finalists and Obama’s subtle critique of the new Dr. King memorial.
- I have to admit, I was relieved to learn that most people, not just me, have never heard of several of the National Book Award finalists, but I haven’t quite sorted out whether I think that’s a problem or not. (I wrote about The Tiger’s Wife, the only finalist I’ve read, back in May.)
- Hendrik Hertzberg’s analysis of Obama’s remarks at the dedication of the new memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King is probably spot-on—and I hope it is because I definitely agree with the critique Hertzberg hears in the president’s words.
- The Shop Around the Corner isn’t my favorite old Ernst Lubitsch movie (that would be Ninotchka), but Ed Howard writes about it so beautifully that I feel inspired to watch it again.
- This mash-up of Sin City and Disney animation isn’t timely (and if you haven’t seen the 2005 Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller movie, I doubt you’ll get much out of it), but it cracks me up.