The National Book Critic’s Circle announces award finalists in autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Will Hilary Mantel, who won this year’s Man Booker Prize win again with Wolf Hall? Will Stephen Burt win for Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry? (Bat Terrier definitely hopes so–Burt’s book is terrific.)
Alan Badiou’s “Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art,” or how to simultaneously avoid the Scylla of endless formal invention and the Charybdis of Romantic/Gothic objectification of the body. Recommended for theorists. And here’s Badiou’s longer explanation.