With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity, A Long Way Down) from the Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication: It actually talks about cultural artifacts the way they actually exist in people's lives. Hornby is a voracious and unapologetic reader, and his notes on books, highbrow and otherwise, are always accessible and hilarious.
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Eredeti megjelenés éve: 2008
And there's more to this life-changing D.C. trip. While I was there, I learned about something called the Alex Awards, a list of ten adult books that the Young Adult Library Services Association believes will appeal to younger readers, and I became peculiarly – perhaps inappropriately – excited by the idea. Obviously this award is laudable and valuable and all that, but my first thought was this: You mean, every year someone publishes a list of ten adult books that are compelling enought for teenagers? In other words, a list of ten books that aren't boring? […] In other words, if a book couldn't have made that list, then it's probably not worth reading.
The saddest moment for me in this World Cup was watching Thierry Henry, my role model and hero and the man that both my wife and I wish had fatherd our children, clutching his face after receiving a blow on the chest.
„What we need”, one of those scary critics who writes for the serious magazines said recently, „it's more straight talking about bad books.” Well, of course we do. It's hard to think of anything we need more, in fact. Because then, surely, people would stop reading bad books, and writers would stop writing them, and the only books that anyone read or wrote would be the ones that the scary critics in the serious magazines liked, and the world would be a happier place, unless you happen to enjoy reading the books that the scary critics don't like – in which case the world would be an unhappier place for you. Though.
X Saves the World starts with the assumption that the Boomer (born in the late ’40s and ’50s) have all sold out, and the Millennials are all nightmarish Britney clones who can't go to the toilet without filming the experience in anticipation of an MTV reality show. And that leaves Generation X, a.k.a. the slackers, a.k.a. the postmodern ironists, a.k.a. blah blah, to make something of the sorry mess we call, like „the world.”
[…] There were Boomers that never sold out, plenty of Xers that did, and lots of lovable Millennials who worry about global warming and literacy levels. There have always been relentless and empty-headed self-promoters, although in the good old days we used to ignore them, rather than give them their own reality show.
Robert Redford wanted to star in The Graduate; the writers of Bonnie and Clyde were desperate for Truffaut to direct their script, and Warren Beatty, one of the producers, saw Bob Dylan and Shirley Maclaine as the leads. (If only literature could be this interesting. You know, „John Updike was scheduled to write Catch-22 until right at the last moment. He pulled out when he was unexpectedly offered the first of the Rabbit books, after Saul Bellow's agent couldn't get the deal he wanted for his client…” As usual, books get stiffed with all the dull stories: „He thought up the idea. Then he wrote it. Then it got published.” Who wants to read about that?)
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