In case you think there is no future for serious content-driven publications in this slick, bite-sized era, take a look at what’s happening at the Paris Review. Mind you, according to the Sunday Times, the new 37-yr-old publisher’s main business strategy is based on his presence at many important parties. More power to Lorin Stein. [...]
La carte et le territoire, by Michel Houellebecq, Flammarion, 428 pages. $32.
A new Michel Houellebecq novel is an event in Paris, where some 700 titles will appear this fall, only a few garnering critical attention. No living writer polarizes the heady French literary scene quite like the chain-smoking, 55-year old agronomical engineer-turned-novelist, poet and filmmaker. Some are outraged by his blunt lunge at touchy themes; others [...]