Reviews and News:
Marilynne Robinson loves it. So does Joyce Carol Oates. Is Harriette Arnow’s 1954 novel The Dollmaker that good?
Gilbert Meilaender on Dorothy Sayer’s The Man Born to Be King: “On June 4, 1955, C. S. Lewis wrote to Dorothy Sayers to thank her for a pamphlet and letter she had sent him. He noted, in passing, that ‘as always in Holy Week,’ he had been ‘re-reading The Man Born to Be King. It stands up to this v. particular kind of test extremely well.’ We might, I think, do far worse than imitate Lewis in our own Lenten reading.”
“Only one of the 270 detailed occupations listed in the 1950 US Census has since been eliminated by automation”: The elevator operator.
Ebook sales fall again in Britain: “While sales through shops increased 7% in 2016, ebook sales declined by 4%. It is the second year in a row that ebook sales have fallen, and only the second time that annual ebook sales have done so since industry bodies began monitoring sales a decade ago.”
The messy world of New York’s mid-century art galleries.
Soviet children’s books: “Early children’s books by artists like Kazimir Malevich and El Lissitzky are masterpieces of abstraction, but don’t offer much by way of either ideology or pedagogy. As the 1920s wore on, though, children’s literature got pulled into bitter cultural debates — highlights include a major brouhaha over the fairy tale, seen either as innocuously accessible or heinously corruptive. By the time Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam, and Daniil Kharms — the authors featured in The Fire Horse — came to children’s literature, it was more of a minefield than a playground.”
Essay of the Day:
In The Times Literary Supplement, Jacek Dehnel argues that Polish fiction