Blog Roll

Anecdotal Evidence
Biology of the Worst Kind
The Book Depository Editor's Corner
Book World
Buzzwords Blog: 3AM Magazine
Edward Champion's Return of the Reluctant
The Elegant Variation
John Baker's Blog
KR Blog
the Literary Saloon
Long Sunday
MadInkBeard - Updates
The Midnight Bell
pas au-delà
The Reading Experience
splinters: books, authors, literature, travel, politics
Tales from the Reading Room
This Space
University of Nebraska Press
Weblog - A Don's Life - Times Online
Weblog - Peter Stothard - Times Online
Powered by Bloglines


One of the Guardian Unlimited Books' top 10 literary blogs: "A home-grown treasure ... smart, serious analysis"

The Bookaholics' Guide to Book Blogs: "Mark Thwaite ... has a maverick, independent mind"

Blog entries on '16 April 2006'

Sunday 16 April 2006

Terror and Liberalism critiqued

Aaronovitch Watch does a very fine job of critiquing Paul Berman's "obsequious, trite, facile smear" Terror and Liberalism (via Lenin). Nice to see the same blog having a decent pop at Nick Cohen too.

Posted by Mark Thwaite
Tags: ,

Sunday 16 April 2006

Juan Goytisolo profile

The 75-year-old Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo is profiled by Fernanda Eberstadt in today's New York Times magazine (via Rockslinga).

Goytisolo's most recent book in English-translation was The Blind Rider (Serpent's Tail), which I've yet to read. I can, however, heartily recommend State of Siege and The Marx Family Saga. For those interested to learn more, this Guardian profile from August 2000 is good background reading and there is an excellent interview over at the Center for Book Culture.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Sunday 16 April 2006

Muriel Spark obits

Obituaries for Dame Muriel Spark can be found at:

  • Independent on Sunday
  • The Observer
  • The Scotsman
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Sunday Times

More Muriel Spark links at the Literary Saloon.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Submit News to RSB

Please let us know about any literary-related news -- or submit press releases to RSB -- using this form.

-- Mark Thwaite, Managing Editor



As you sow, so shall you reap. The bags packed,
Umbers and gold swollen between the purse-strings,
Getaway cars nose on a hot scent.
Under striped canvas the patrons gather,
Staring at blue, incorrigible seas.
The stubble burns a hole in summer's pocket;
Upon the baked crust of their world, the mice
Scatter their ashes to the harvest moon.

-- Peter Scupham
(Carcanet Press)

-- View archive

Word of the Day

The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or two

Pre-order Anu Garg's new book: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words (ISBN 9780452288614), published by Penguin more …

-- Powered by

October's Books of the Month

The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

-- View archive