The Audio Book Club on Nicholson Baker
Our critics discuss The Anthologist.
Posted Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at 9:25 AM
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This month, the Audio Book Club tackles Nicholson Baker's new novel, The Anthologist. It concerns Paul Chower, a middle-aged writer living in Portsmouth, N.H., who's trying to finish an introduction for a poetry anthology that extols the virtues of rhyme. Readers of literary magazines will take special interest in this novel, which references many contemporary poets and critics. But Chowder's musings on poetics, writer's block, and the writing life should entertain the general reader, too.
Slate's Audio Book Club now comes to you on the third Monday of every month. Our selection for November is the Library of America edition of Raymond Carver's short stories. (We'll be discussing one or two stories in particular.) Look for our discussion on iTunes or on the Slatehomepage on Monday, Nov. 16.
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
A Vindication of Love, by Cristina Nehring
Thy Neighbor's Wife, by Gay Talese
"The Swimmer," by John Cheever, and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," by Flannery O'Connor
Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Night of the Gun, by David Carr
American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock
All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day, by Richard Ford
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Everyman, by Philip Roth
Saturday, by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
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Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.
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