Are we happy yet? And if not, why aren’t you reading your happiness books? Q&A with Cornell psychologist and happiness guru Shimon Eldelman (The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life). Here.
“The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom,” says Jonathan Franzen. “I can spill water on it and it would still work!” Here.
A report on Christopher Bram’s Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.
Great celebration in photos of Norman Mailer. Here.
“The first time I encountered Diane Williams’s sentences, my heart started pounding and a prickling started up at the hairs on the back of my neck.” Q&A with Diane Williams on her newest collection, Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty. Here.
Michael Hastings (The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan) talks about the 9/11 wars and the general he got fired. Here.
“Still in the thick of it all, producing a whirlwind of big ideas.” A review of sociologist Richard Sennett’s Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. Here.
Here‘s the lowdown on book blurbs.
Responding to the war and the Blitz. A review of Leo Mellor’s Reading the Ruins: Modernism, Bombsites and British Culture.