Also in The Believer: Each month Nick Hornby has a column called Stuff I’ve Been Reading, which is pretty much what it sounds like. This month Hornby raves about the book Death and The Penguin by Andrey Kurkov, which is about a guy who writes obituaries and has a penguin as a roommate. He assures us that it is much better than that sounds. Last month, Hornby warned that a new edition of the All of the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren (soon to be a movie with Sean Penn) decided to undo a lot of the editing that made the book into a Pulitzer-prize winner. Like changing the main character’s name. It’s a great book, read it if you haven’t. Avoid the cover with the movie tie-in.
Lastly, Maureen Corrigan, the lady who convinced me that The Tender Bar was worth my time, is crazy about Intuition by Allegra Goodman. She says, “it’s one of those novels that can make a reader excited about the art of the fiction“. Govern yourself accordingly.