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Did The Moviegoer Fix the NBAs? And Other News

November 5, 2012 | by

  • It was considered a huge upset when The Moviegoer beat out Catch-22, Revolutionary Road, and Franny and Zooey for the 1962 National Book Award. Slate asks: Was the fix in? And why?
  • Speaking of snubbing Richard Yates: “Each time Yates shuffled into Roads that summer, I avoided making eye contact. Why didn’t he get help, join AA?” Leslie Absher recounts her interactions with the author.
  • Books written from beyond the grave. Dead Mark Twain was especially prolific.
  • You may be dead before you finish these: a slideshow of those books most difficult to finish.
  • He apparently hated beards, and other trivia about Roald Dahl.
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    1. Joe Carlson | November 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Fascinating piece on THE MOVIEGOER from an angle I was unaware of. I would have picked it, too. The novel remains a favorite and one that’s a joy to reread. Can’t imagine doing that with the others on the list. Admit I found it difficult to get through the rest of Percy’s books, which didn’t come up to the same high standard. Perhaps Stanley Kauffmann, who also edited FAHRENHEIT 451 and still writes superb film criticism for THE NEW REPUBLIC, was the key.

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