Mar 12, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am
Cheever: A Life author Blake Bailey
The National Book Critics Circle awards have been announced. Three of the winners were all too predictable: Hillary Mantel won in fiction for Wolf Hall, Richard Holmes scored the non-fiction prize with The Age of Wonder, and Blake Bailey took home the biography prize for Cheever: A Life. But if there are people who bet on the NBCC Awards (and we hope there are), the big winnings went to those who put their money on Eula Biss, whose hard-to-categorize Notes from No Man's Land came out of nowhere to take the prize for criticism.
Novelist Sam Lipsyte and Giancarlo Ditrapano talk vices over at Vice: "What if I just said the word DRUGS. What would you say?" Their conversation ranges over Lorin Stein's pre-Paris Review editing style ("He didn’t come at me with an ax. . . .It was more like a textbook prison shanking"),
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