In a London Review of Books send-off of recently deceased critic Frank Kermode, The New Yorker‘s James Wood revealed that Kermode’s The Art of Telling was one of the first books he shoplifted. It was one of “more than a few” that he stole between the ages of 16 and 18, apparently. Read More
The London Review of Books 30th anniversary celebration culminated in a panel discussion of “The Author in the Age of the Internet”: James Wood, Colm Toibin, John Lanchester, and Mary-Kay Wilmers joined moderator and LRB publisher Nicholas Spice on Saturday night at the New School.
A quick poll revealed that none of the panelists had Read More
The literary critic James Wood wounded his hand in Bryant Park today while playing the tambourine.
“I picked [it] up in a rather awkward way and was playing a song with it, and it began to rub away,” Mr. Wood said, showing off newly applied band-aids on his fingers. “It just took the skin off.” Read More
Remember that mesmerizing video of New Yorker literary critic James Wood finger-drumming in his kitchen while his children shriek with delight? It went up back in November, when the publishing industry was melting down and nothing good at all was happening anywhere. Well, your chance to see Mr. Wood perform his secret talent Read More
Colson Whitehead has published a satirical bit of literary criticism called "Wow, fiction works!" in the ‘Readings’ section of February’s Harper’s. Written in the form of a lecture read to a group of aspiring writers by a corny, simple-minded hack, the piece is a send-up of The New Yorker’s Read More
Via Keith Gessen’s tumblr, a video of New Yorker literary critic James Wood doing something no one could have guessed he knows how to do. Read More
Blogger Ed Champion posts a tall pile of tributes to the late David Foster Wallace today from literary figures of all stripes. At the top of the pile, the critic James Wood, who is not known as DFW’s biggest fan, who had this to say:
I was terribly saddened to hear this news. Read More
Yesterday on The New York Times‘ Paper Cuts book blog, Times Book Review and ‘Week in Review’ editor Sam Tanenhaus took a look at James Wood’s How Fiction Works, specifically, Mr. Wood’s critique of John Updike.
As Mr. Tanenhaus writes, "Wood suggests that Updike’s fiction doesn’t work very well at all, Read More
Remember that scene in Annie Hall where some blowhard is standing in line for movie tickets and loudly saying things about Marshall McLuhan? And then McLuhan himself shows up and tells him he doesn’t know what he’s talking about?
Literary critic James Wood kind of did that last night with an Read More
What will become of 37-year-old NBC News correspondent David Gregory, wonders Felix Gillette, since "lame-duck presidents create lame-duck White House correspondents."
John Koblin looks at the new advertiser-friendly glossies on the horizon—WSJ from The Wall Street Journal, FW from The Washington Post, Manhattan and others—and notes, "the traditional, cozily amorphous job of the Read More