This weekend I was exercising at home with the TV on for company, and when I started flipping channels, all of a sudden the face appeared of Walter Kirn, one of my old Princeton classmates. He was on CSPAN talking with [[w:Brian Lamb]] about his life as a novelist and literary critic and his recent adventures [http://www.andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2005_08_14_dish_archive.html#112448517530770566|blogging on Andrew Sullivan's website].
It turns out that Walter also has a new novel coming out this October, titled [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/038550764X/103-2576051-1979803|Mission to America]. And, one of his previous novels, [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385497091/qid=1124729510/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-2576051-1979803?v=glance&s=books|Thumbsucker], has just been made into a movie.
Personally, my favorite Walter Kirn novel is [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/067178093X/qid=1124729510/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/103-2576051-1979803?v=glance&s=books|She Needed Me], but they're all good. Walter has a quirky sense of humor and a sharp eye for detail.