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Sunday
Oct192008

BSRB No 3: Mmm, Monkey meat

In today's Bibliothecary Sunday Review of Books, your guide (well, my guide, at least) to some interesting book reviews and features, you'll find burning books, not entirely respectable classical actors and monkey meat.  Dig in.

But my promised review of Dissident Books' republication of H.L. Mencken's Notes on Democracy will not appear until next week (there were far too many Poe movies to watch this weekend in preparation for my film forums this week).

Sarah Weinman looks at some 19th Century literary connections with 20th Century crime fiction in Leonard Cassuto's Hard-Boiled Sentimentality.

Jonathan Ross re-reads Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen in light of Gibbons' new Watching the Watchmen

John Carey reviews Duncan Wu's new autobiography, William Hazlitt: the First Modern Man

Maureen Corrigan wonders at the plethora of book oblivion in Fernando Báez's A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

Carolynn Kellogg on Portions of a Wine-Stained Notebook by Charles Bukowski

Lee Siegel has fun with the idea that great literature improves our quality of life

John Freeman reviews former mystery writer (thank god he got out of that genre) Dennis Lehane's The Given Day

Angela Thirlwell on the love life of Pre-Raphaelite Ford Madox Brown

Nicholas Lezard reads Pushkin Press' new edition of Mark Twain's sketches

Charlotte Higgins interviews the not entirely respectable Frank McGuinness, starring in a new production of Oedipus the King in London's National Theatre

Julian Barnes recounts the meeting between Algernon Swinburne and Guy de Maupassant and their lunch involving booze, monkey meat and pornography

And check out the latest Top Ten list from the Guardian: Ten Best Acts of Cannibalism.   Mmmm.  Pass the bacon.

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