War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007

There’s an interesting trio of journals on the way: THE JOURNALS OF JOYCE CAROL OATES: 1973–1982 (Ecco, October 1), ARTHUR SCHLESINGER’s Journals: 1952–2000 (Penguin Press, October 4), and WALTER BENJAMIN’s The Archive (Verso, October 1), this last a collection of journals and drawings and notebooks edited by Esther Leslie.

Conversation may be a lost art, but at least it’s on the page with THE ROLLING STONE INTERVIEWS, edited by Jann Wenner and Joe Levy (Backbay Books, November 1), THE PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEWS II, edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador, October 30), and THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEWS: THE COMEDIANS, edited by Stephen Randall (M Press, October 15). Film lovers can turn to CONVERSATIONS WITH WOODY ALLEN: HIS FILMS, THE MOVIES, AND MOVIEMAKING, by Eric Lax (Knopf, October 19). And history buffs will want DAVID HALBERSTAM’s final effort, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (Hyperion, September 25).

Fall is not typically big time for poetry, but two-time National Book Critics Circle award winner ROBERT HASS could change that with Time and Materials: Poems 1997–2005 (Ecco, October 1), and so could MARGARET ATWOOD with The Door (Houghton Mifflin, November 7). JEAN VALENTINE has her first new volume since winning the National Book Award — Little Boat (Wesleyan, October 2). ADRIENNE RICH hears a Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth: Poems 2004–2006 (Norton, October 15). And ROBERT PINSKY is back with his own new collection, Gulf Music (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, October 16), verse no doubt inspired by the sound of keeping his ear tuned to Back Bay.

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