Spitzer’s having a really bad month. Your Tournament of Books update:
- It would have taken an act of God to move a book about a wacky cast of pizza parlor punks past a Big Vietnam Book.
- Vida takes down Bolano; millions protest. I don’t see anything wrong with Kiem’s decision here; this contest is, in the end, as arbitrary as your NBCC, your NBA, your what-have-you, except
tournament-fashion. She gave a rational enough explanation, more so than we’ve received from certain other judges in other years. I haven’t read either of these books yet, but Bolano’s elimination certainly levels the playing field for everyone else. Why all the fuss? (Of course, if "That Strange Old Person Smell" takes down "Number One Existential Superbook", you’ll see a real protest.)
- I’d like to take this moment to recommend the audiobook version of Then We Came to the End (abridged, alas, but approved by Mr. Ferris) for your morning commute. Again, little to say re: Petropolis, but as the judge noted, if you’ve had your soul eviscerated by working for the man – and most of us have – Ferris’ debut is all that much better for you. I, for one, have never been a young Russian woman on the lam.