The Economist: 27 March 2010 Book Reviews

Weekend winding down.  Hubby watching Stanley Cup Play-Offs, San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings, and the Sharks are down by 1.

Immediately after getting back from movie/neighborhood burrito place La Azteca/Peet’s, self lay her weary head down on the couch and fell asleep for three hours.  When she awoke, hubby was watching “28 Days Later.” Hey, wasn’t that guy walking around a deserted London in hospital scrubs the same guy who played the bad guy in “Red Eye” (Cillian Murphy)?  Self thinks it is!  And isn’t that older gent the one who starred with Colin Farrell in “In Bruges” (Brendan Gleeson)?

Anyhoo, self knows she is digressing again.

Here are the books self is interested in reading after perusing the 27 March 2010 issue of The Economist:

After reading a review of Sam Lipsyte’s new novel, The Ask:

  • Sam Lipsyte’s The Ask
  • Lipsyte’s earlier novel, Home Land, whose hero is described as “a washout– loveless, nearly friendless and all but jobless . . .  But he was also hilarious, with the incisive cruelty of a true underdog.”  Sold!  Self just loooves books about underdogs.  (So long as they don’t kill themselves by the end of the book, that is. This review doesn’t say, but anyhoo)

After reading a review of James Shapiro’s new book, Contested Will:  Who Wrote Shakespeare?

  • James Shapiro’s Contested Will:  Who Wrote Shakespeare?, “an investigation into the old chestnut that Shakespeare wasn’t the man who wrote the works.”
  • Shapiro’s earlier, award-winning book on Shakespeare, 1599

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

2 responses to “The Economist: 27 March 2010 Book Reviews”

  1. Oh, I agree. The Shapiro book’s still worth reading, though — The Economist said he does present very convincing evidence why it HAD to be Shakespeare who wrote the plays.


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