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May 6, 2007

Hiatus Interruptus

I've been on a kind of sabbatical from writing for newspapers. This was a purely personal decision, one having nothing to do with the kinds of factors making the National Book Critics Circle campaign necessary.

The last time that I recall doing anything was a review of Norman Mailer's last novel -- a piece filed about four months ago. (See also the Quick Study postscript to that review.)

Well, now I'm back in the fray. My review of Cullen Murphy's Are We Rome? ran in today's Newsday, and it also available here.

More to come, probably. And in about a week, I will spend a day running a workshop on book reviewing for young journalists in the Art Critics' Exchange Programme sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. (This does not involve going to Belfast, unfortunately. They are all coming to DC.)

It would appear that I am becoming a tribal elder. Either that or the principle "those who can, do; those who can't, hold workshops" is starting to kick in.

Posted by smclemee at May 6, 2007 3:38 PM