Sunday, November 14, 2010

Spotted: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Where: D.C. Metro, eastbound Orange line
Who was reading: A young woman with an enormous gym bag and exciting bangs. 
Which edition was it?  Paperback, the one with Elijah Wood and his blue-sky glasses on the cover—looks a heck of a lot like the vintage paperback of Kafka on the Shore. 
That's cool, I guess:  Yeah, but remember the hardcover version with the reversible black-and-white color scheme? Where the front and back were exact mirrors of each other, and the front even had a matching bar code? Remember reading that in high school and thinking it was the coolest thing ever? 
Can I remember any of my high school gym teachers' names? Not a single one. Is that weird?


  1. The book is not perfect, but there's no question Foer is a brilliant young writer. I can see making criticisms, but whatever you do, read the book, respond to IT, not the stupid stories about the author's connections. Foer has so much in him, such honestly and depth, and a wild, untamed imagination -- I can't wait to see what he does next.

  2. This is a wonderful book--entertaining, thoughtful, hilarious, sad, and with moments of real genius. I can't recommend it highly enough.