Martinez is the darkhorse in the running for the nonfic National Book Award. If we hadn’t messed up the recording, you could have heard marc talk about this book on Episode 9 of the podcast. You can, however, hear an excerpt from his memoir in the most recent episode of This American Life. It’s entertaining, even if it doesn’t fit the episode’s theme all that neatly–a recurring issue with TAL, I’ve noticed. Still, by most all accounts this is a great memoir, and worth reading.
That I’ve never read anything by Pratchett is an unfortunate blemish on my reader’s report card. I’ll have to read the Discworld books sooner than later (Dirda agrees), and if I find I have a taste for his work, Dodger is something that is certainly of interest to me. It’s sort of a retelling of Oliver Twist, with the Artful Dodger cast as the protagonist. It sounds fun, though Dirda complains it’s a bit “talky, slightly padded.”
Quickly: Phillip Roth is calling it a career. His process for coming to the decision is a pretty interesting one. I actually didn’t come across any reviews–good or bad–for Ian McEwan’s new novel Sweet Tooth. I picked it up yesterday and am about halfway though. So far, it’s great. Look for my review soon.