I became a member of the National Book Critics Circle this week. The NBCC was founded in April 1974 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, by John Leonard, Nona Balakian, and Ivan Sandrof, in the hope of extending the goings-on of the Algonquin round table to a national conversation. They sponsor readings, forums on criticism, and the annual National Book Critics Circle Awards.
I’m writing an audiobooks column, alternating weekly installments with Laura Miller, for Salon.com. Here’s one of them, a review of the audiobook edition of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, by D.T. Max . And here’s another recent review, from The Faster Times, of Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All The Time.