* Rick Moody reviewed Eric Nuzum's Giving Up The Ghost on the New York Times. His review is better than mine, but I think we generally agree. I only have one issue with Moody's review - he completely ignores the musical aspects of the book. Music is a big deal in Giving Up The Ghost and to leave it without any consideration is a mistake.
* One of my favorite people who writes about books is Lydia Kiesling. She has a new piece in Bullett about James Wood's new essay collection, The Fun Stuff. The reason I love Kiesling so much is that she manages to imbibe her thoughtful writing with a lot of fun and humanity. Her regular-ish column at The Millions, the "Modern Library Revue," is really excellent and recommended reading. Do it.
* Among others, Andrew Krivak's The Sojourn was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Another Forever Overhead favorite, The Sisters Brothers was also nominated .