blog the book

My apologies for posting these two articles days after they appeared, but I've been too busy to read them, and I still have about a dozen others to catch up on.

Anyway, both articles are from the New York times and have to do with authors and their interaction with and reaction to the blogosphere.

What Bloggers Say About Authors

Authors mentioned in the first article (entitled "What Are the Blogs Saying About Me?"), about book criticism by bloggers, include Rick Moody and Luis Alberto Urrea among others.

Urrea's book, The Hummingbird's Daughter got a wonderful write up from one of my favorite bloggers. And apparently Eric's rave review was one among many. Says Urrea, "You're always braced for bad news, but blogs have been so friendly."

That's not always the case, of course. Go read the article and see for yourself.

Blogged About Books

The second article, more a list really, is perhaps even more interesting: A Selection of the Most Blogged About Books of 2005. Beneath each book's title is a link to blog posts about it. There are literally (get it?) hours and hours of reading available.

One notable absence from the list is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Only a couple of months ago I couldn't get through a day without running across a blog post about that book. Come to think of, Hummingbird's Daughter isn't on the list either. Hmmmm...

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