What we're reading:
When to review?
(New York Times): Charles Isherwood weighs in on the need for critics to exercise patience, even for a show like "Spider-Man"
The afterlife of David Foster Wallace
(Chronicle of Higher Education): A rising generation of young scholars, an impending posthumous novel and a big new archive of the writer's papers have made David Foster Wallace studies a robust scholarly enterprise
The new cinema-goers
(BBC): Chinese box-office takings increased by 64% last year, helped by Hollywood blockbusters such as "Avatar" in 3D
"With deep winter upon us and the weather growing colder, even the wood smoke out of the neighbors’ chimneys could be described as philosophizing. I can see it move its lips as it rises, telling the indifferent sky about our loneliness, the torment of our minds and passions which we keep secret from each other, and the wonder and pain of our mortality and of our eventual vanishing from this earth. It’s a kind of deep, cathedral-like quiet that precedes a snowfall."
~ Charlies Simic, "Winter's Philosophers" (NYRBlog)