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EIBF Brochure Review

June 26, 2010

Once a decade reviewers are treated to a subversive comic masterpiece thatwrong-foots the critics. Last week, the 2010 Edinburgh International Book Festival brochure was published, a pitch-perfect send-up of PR puffery so echt the majority of readers appear to believe it’s genuine. A descendant...

In another country

June 23, 2010

Being in another the country at the time – Yorkshire – I was unable to attend the launch of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the first to be ‘programmed’ by its new director, Nick Barley. The inverted commas are because Mr Barley has not programmed the entire festival...

The Driver’s Seat

March 29, 2010

Alan Taylor 29th March 2010 MURIEL Spark’s Panatella-slim novel, The Driver’s Seat, has been shortlisted for The Lost Man Booker Prize, a wheeze set up to correct a terrible injustice. In 1971 the Booker – as it was then known – changed its rules and many books which were published...


March 2, 2010

Alan Taylor 2nd March 2010   In the light of the hysterical, paranoiac and hilarious reaction to the recent Literature Report I found the following comments by Isaac Bashevis Singer in his autobiography, Love and Exile remarkably prescient to Scotland now: “The literary scene in Warsaw, which...

Editor’s Blog 12th Feb

February 12, 2010

  Alan Taylor 12th February 2010 In the forthcoming issue of the SRB we are launching, in association with the University of Aberdeen, an essay competition, in the hope that it will stimulate interest in this most elastic and embracing of forms. For reasons too tedious to go into here the essay appears...

Salinger blog

January 30, 2010

Alan Taylor – 30th January 2010 Recently, while researching a long piece on Bob Dylan, I read that in the 1960s Dylan was offered the part of Holden Caufield in a never-realised film version of The Catcher In The Rye. Anyone who has seen the young Dylan at his most brattish in DA Pennebaker’s...

Blog 25th January

January 25, 2010

Alan Taylor 25th January 2010 Reading William Faulkner which, I’m told, is not a common occurrence these days. Why, when so much that’s currently published is remarkable for its vapidity, tonelessness and lack of character? Having bought the five-volume Library of America set, which includes...

Blog 21st November

November 21, 2009

Alan Taylor 21st November 2009 Reading the second and final volume of Timothy Neat’s biography Hamish Henderson (Polygon, £25), the too-tall poet, balladeer and folklorist who died at the age of 82 in 2002. Slowly but surely an era in Scottish letters is being given its proper due. Maggie Fergusson’s...

Respond to the blog

November 13, 2009

To respond to the Editor’s blog simply click on the ‘Write Comment’ link at the bottom of the entry. Both subscribers and visitors can write comments.

Following Columbus

November 13, 2009

Alan Taylor 13th November 2009 WHERE better to begin than with the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, who famously made Hamlet utter: “to blog or not to blog, that is the question.” At least it was. Now, with coming of the SRB’s website, there is no option but to blog. As another great...