“One of the great diaries and moral documents of the past American century,” Dwight Garner calls it. Alfred Kazin’s Journals gives us an intimate view of one of the great critics and New Yorkers. Our own favorite among his more personal books: A Walker in the City.
Zombie fiction is hardly a specialty here at RWR, but we must note that Harvard psychiatrist Steven C. Schlozman has just published The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse. It’s based on the recovered journals of Dr. Stanley Blum, who is already infected (as is two-thirds of humankind) with ataxic neurodegenerative satiety deficiency syndrome (ANSD)—the virus that makes flesh-eating zombies lurch and lunch—when he decamps to Bassas da India, an island overseen by the U.N., to vivisect captive zombies in the hope of isolating the pathogen before he succumbs to it. His novel is one of many zombie science resources discussed here.
An interview with Andre Schiffrin, long-time publisher at PantheonBooks and founder of New Press. “I’ve been trying to persuade the New York Times to let me do an annual column on the books that they didn’t talk about,” he says. “That would help, but it’s hard to get people to admit that they are making mistakes.”
We’re pleased to see Charles Bracelen Flood’s forthcoming Grant’s Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant’s Heroic Last Year discussed among the “big books” spotted at Book Expo. Flood’s stylish histories deserve a much wider audience. This time out, he chronicles the destitute and dying Grant’s struggle to write his memoirs to save his family from financial ruin.
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