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Rah, Heartland, Rah!

Despite the NYTBR's strongly professed preference for non-fiction titles under Sam Tannenhaus, it's interesting to note that the tastemaking colossus didn't get around to reviewing Tom Reiss' The Orientalist until this week, or a full two weeks after those literary bushleaguers, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, reviewed it.

At first I was quite intrigued by the book from the Chicago reviews, and thought up the slightest fragment of a short story concept based on Nussimbaum. But the story idea has already faded almost entirely from my memory, replaced by several others that may or may not ever come to fruition, and only just now does the NYTBR deign to review the book.

For once, critical influence flows eastward. Rah!

February 26, 2005 in Books | Permalink