Housekeeping vs. the Dirt
In his latest collection of essays, critic and author Nick Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves, offering funny, intelligent, and unblinkered accounts of the stuff he’s been reading. Ranging far and wide from the middlebrow, Hornby’s dispatches from his nightstand serve... show more
In his latest collection of essays, critic and author Nick Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves, offering funny, intelligent, and unblinkered accounts of the stuff he’s been reading. Ranging far and wide from the middlebrow, Hornby’s dispatches from his nightstand serve as invaluable guides to contemporary letters, with revelations on the intellectual scene and English football in equal measure. Printed monthly in the Believer, Hornby’s book reviews are suffused with wit, ire, and loving insight, and his choices often strike into the deeper, odder reaches of the literary world. He is as adamant about the experience of reading a book as he is about the importance of the book itself, and can be trusted to point out which books are ridiculously unfunny, which books can be read incognito for their naughtiness, and, most urgently, which books can bring themselves “all the way through the long march to your soul.”
Publish date: 2006-09-10
Pages no: 153
Edition language: English
Series: Stuff I've Been Reading (#2)
I gave Hornby's first collection of critical essays, The Polysyllabic Spree, 5 stars because I thought it was excellent. Well-written and hysterically funny, he writes about books like he's a book lover, not a critic. I liked it so much I went immediately to McSweeney's website and bought the next...
There's not much to dislike about this collection of Hornby's typically entertaining book reviews, which are (interestingly) posted in the form of a monthly "Books Bought" and "Books Read" tally. Hornby's reviews are a crisp and engaging as his novels, and while I haven't read most of the books he's...
Do you know the joy of Book Lust? Do you know its cousin Lit Crush? Booklust is deep, visceral, indescribable joy directed at the object of said lust. Litcrush is, obviously, a crush--it is fun, lighthearted, and makes you wriggle like an excited child mostly because having a crush is delightful....
Delightfully snarky. I wish I could get paid to write a column about the books I'm reading and be able to make people laugh about it the way Nick Hornby does. There's something almost masturbatory about it. I loved the first in the series and a quiet Friday night in called for the second.
I love reading Nick Hornby's columns, especially when he is talking about other books.