Hilarie Ashton, Assistant Editor – I’m finishing up Lethem’s Chronic City and Hugh Barker/Yuval Taylor’s Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music. The first is fabulous; the second is good (the latter’s Cobain chapter is its best). I’ve also finally gotten around to Richard Hughes’ A High Wind in Jamaica, months after my book club read it. Next up: Elissa Schappel’s Blueprints for Building Better Girls, Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, and John Jeremiah Smith’s Pulphead.
James Warner, Fiction Editor – Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney, and In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Robert Birnbaum, Editor-at-Large – What it Was by George Pelecanos, Pity the Poor Billionaire by Thomas Frank, Country of the Bad Wolves by James Carlos Blake, Hope by Shalom Auslander, God’s Jury by Colin Murphy, and The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
Anna-Lynne Williams, Music Editor – i finally finished a book last night! 3 out of 4 Franzens complete. which means i’m going to dig into the new Murakami, and the poetry book Mean Free Path by Ben Lerner.
Matt Borondy, Publisher/Editor – I started Already Dead: A California Gothic by Denis Johnson, Freedom by Franzen, You Have to Say Something by Dainin Katagiri and One Hundred and One Nights by Ben Buchholz.