This is the first Media Monday in a long time. Granted, it's barely still Monday, but the intention is to release this post on Mondays from now on, so I'm sticking with "Media Monday." It's not called Old Media Monday, because I’ve included some new media. I’ll probably include examples from new media in future posts, so we’ll keep the name moving forward.
Although the cover of the Sunday Book Review features House of Holes, with an exuberant review by the one and only Sam Lipsyte (check out his reading of Thomas McGuane on the New Yorker books podcast), we were drawn to Liesl Schillinger's review of one of our August Best of the Month picks: Amor Towles’s first novel, Rules of Civility. According to Schillinger, "his clever heroine, who grew up in Brooklyn as 'Katya,' restyles herself in 1930s Manhattan as the more clubbable 'Katey,' aspiring to all-American inclusion. As World War II gears up, raising the economy from bust to boom, Katey’s wit and charm lift her from a secretarial pool at a law firm to a high-profile assistant’s perch at a flashy new Condé Nast magazine. One night at the novel’s outset touches off the chain reaction that will produce both Katey’s career and her husband, and define her entire adult life. She’s swept into the satin-and-cashmere embrace of the smart set — blithe young people with names like Dicky and Bitsy and Bucky and Wallace — with their Oyster Bay mansions, their Adirondack camps, their cocktails at the St. Regis and all the fog of Fishers Island." Call it The Very Good Gatsby.