Wednesday, June 29, 2011

David Brooks: the grit in the critic's oyster

John Gray has written a review of David Brooks' new book (The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement) that is doubtless far more interesting than the book itself.

And Ruth Franklin at Book Forum has a fascinating article about the history of the best seller. Loved this anecdote:
In Making the List, his 2001 book about best sellers, former Simon & Schuster editor in chief Michael Korda recalls that the publishing house once commissioned a study of which books made the most money. After a detailed presentation, the consultant said to the editors, "Do you guys realize how much money the company would make if you only published best sellers?"


TimT said...

I want to read the whole of that review when I get home, but some months ago I did read an excerpt of Brooks' book in the New Yorker, and it was pretty bad. He invents two completely unbelievable and unlikeable characters, confronts them with unlikely non-problems, and offers them unconvincing non-solutions. All the while carrying on in a dull pseudo-scientific tone. Yawn-inducing stuff.

Paco said...

Tim: That's a superb review in its own right!

mojo said...

"IT has long been known that one horse is faster than another. The question is, which one?"