... I spend time with Dante investigating murder in Florence: Medieval poet an unlikely crime sleuth. (I think it worth noting that I would have overlooked this book if Maxine had not alerted me to it. Another example of how blogging can be a help in covering a beat.)
... David Hiltbrand spends time with Edgar Allan Poe sleuthing in Manhattan: Poe stars in a 19th-century Manhattan murder mystery.
... Karl Kirchwey looks at Derek Walcott's Selected Poems: Derek Walcott selection invites deeper reading.
Glenn Altschuler gets acquainted with a man who was generous to the U.S.: The man who endowed 'nation's attic' Well-told mystery, psychological study of lossYoung Adult Reader | Anderson gives razor-sharp look at painfully troubled family.
Finally, Carlin Romano thinks intellectuals - at least in Russia - ain't what they used to be:
During the past week: Russia's culturati a pale imitation of worthies of 'Utopia'.
... Sandy Bauers took a closer look at pigeons: Dirty birds, and history's darlings .
... Theopolis Fair thought Michael Honey's Going Down Jericho Road well worth reading: A vivid account of the Memphis strike, King's last fight.
And Jen Miller thought Walter Kirn's Net novel was better online: Book Review | A Net novel suffers in translation to paper form.
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