Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bock, Again

Some More Thoughts on Charles Bock

Following "Beautiful Children" making the cover review of the NYT Book Review two weeks ago, which I wrote about here, Charles Bock suffered a backlash from various other outlets, including a review by Janet Maslin in the daily Times.

I noted the backlash as another reason to stay away from the book, but after listening to Bock's interview on The Bat Segundo Show, I want to give "Beautiful Children" an honest try.

Bock's love for books and writing is infectious; he offers an inspiring story, and seems like a genuinely nice person. These aren't "critical" reasons to read his book, but supporting an author who cares about his craft is as good a reason as any to read him.


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