Slight change in reviewing approach
March 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
Therefore, I’m going to experiment with something different. Instead of writing 1000-1500 word reviews (including representative quotes), I’m going to concentrate on writing reviews in a much more concise (and tougher to write) format of around 350-500 words, similar to what might be encountered in say The New Yorker‘s “Briefly Noted” section (although mine would still be somewhat longer in length). I’m going to try and tackle a backlog of recently-read books about which I have some things to say, so perhaps I can write 2-3 individual reviews a week.
There still will be some works that will get longer treatments (later this week, I plan to try and catch up with the Flannery O’Connor story reviews I’ve been writing at Gogol’s Overcoat over the past two months – I’m 9 days behind now and would like to have three written by Friday), but these will be fewer in number and perhaps could be seen as being more of a “feature review” than a regular occurrence, at least for the next few months.
Books that I will likely cover are as follows:
Jim Gavin, Middle Men
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
Ismail Kadare, The Fall of the Stone City
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
Alain Mabanckou, Black Bazaar
John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen (eds.), Oz Reimagined
Xu Lei, Search for the Buried Bomber
There may also be occasional op-ed pieces as well, but no planned dates for those. Oh, and there might be some squirrel-centric posts on occasion, for fellow Squirrelists.