From the Nets

From the Nets

Purse Seine, Western Indian Ocean, Jose Cort
Photo by Jose Cort; from NOAA's Fisheries Collection.

This week’s catch from around the web:

• The Paris Review interview with Marilynne Robinson:

How do you write historical figures in your novels?
My unvarying approach to anything is to read the most primary and proximate material that I can find. I try to be discreet in my use of historical figures. My John Brown is only a voice heard in the darkness.

• Robinson’s new novel, Home, reviewed by A.O. Scott in The New York Times: “a wild, eccentric, radical work of literature.”

• Their father was a spy, after all: Robert and Michael Meeropol discuss the latest evidence in the 55-year old case against their executed parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

• Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore’s novel Blindspot makes the Fall 2008 Editors’ Picks list in Library Journal and receives a starred review.

• Junot Díaz’s lecture at our 2008 Seminar was a brilliant and unexpectable investigation of the dangers inherent in authorial voice. They’re still talking about it in the Silicon Valley, too.

• Robert Stone reviews Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War

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