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This year was a lousy one in many respects, but out of the murk and mire emerged some really good writing. Not just writing in books, either: Essays, reporting, and even song lyrics all cropped up this year with lines worth remembering. (My favorite? "He won’t just think about how unbearable it is that things keep breaking, that you can never fucking outrun entropy." I wrote about it here.) For our year in review,...
The real problem with book festivals is the same trouble that occurs with festivals of any kind: There is just too much to do. Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival is full of interesting panels and smart people speaking about writing, plus a field of booths with all kinds of lovely literary treats. From Paul Auster to Naomi Klein to Roz Chast, there are many folks appearing at the festival who hope to bend your ear....

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