Dear Mr. Tannenhaus,
The Green Age of Asher Witherow, M. Allen Cunningham
Mirage, Bandula Chandraratha
The Ha-Ha, Dave King
Fruit, Brian Francis
How to Be Lost, Amanda Eyre Ward
Hell's Half Acre, Will Christopher Baer
Angels Crest, Leslie Schwartz
Meritocracy, Jeffrey Lewis
Homeland, R.H. Weber
Tigor and The Perfect American, both by Peter Stephan Jungk
Phanton Pain, Arnon Grunberg
Banishing Verona, Margot Livesey
The Story of My Baldness, Marek Van Der Jagt
Queen of Dreams, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Book of Dead Birds, Gayle Brandeis
Sayonara Gansters, Genichiro Takahashi
A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, Lisa Glatt
Beatiful Somewhere Else, Stephen Policoff
Happy Baby, Stephen Elliott
What is this, you're no doubt asking. I'll tell you - it's a list of potentially worthy books that had no hope of being reviewed in this weekend's New York Times Book Review because you felt it necessary to give over a full page - in these days when everyone laments the lack of precious column inches afforded to book coverage - to a pair of historians who didn't even mention the word "book" once (well, OK, maybe once), much less discuss anything of remotely literary significance.
For the record, NYTBR isn't Foreign Affairs; nor is it The New Republic; nor is it any other political journal. It's a review of books - I know 'cause it says so in the title.
On behalf of your readers, I respectfully request our page back. Books, if you please.
The Elegant Variation