More Best Writers / Heaney and Campbell Talk

June 1, 2006

More Best Writers
Two weeks ago, the New York Times Book Review asked more than 10 dozen writers who were the best in the past quarter century. It created a brouhaha. To add balance, as it were, the
Book Critics Circle devised a new list: The Rest of the Best. Here are the selections—thus far: Wonder Boys by Michael Cabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, Little, Big by John Crowley, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, Carpenter's Gothic by William Gaddis, The Cider House Rules by John Irving, Ironweed by William Kennedy, Collected Stories by Grace Paley, On Glory's Course by James Purdy, Collected Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Aberration of Starlight by Gilbert Sorrentino, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyle, 60 Stories by Donald Barthelme, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

Heaney and Campbell Talk
In an exclusive for the
Guardian, Nobel Prize winning Poet Seamus Heaney, whose twelfth book of poetry came out a few weeks ago, talked with James Campbell about how a 15th-Century Scots poet inspired Campbell's current work.


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