In my role as Books Editor for The Brooklyn Rail, I have a small sense of how much work my editors at The New York Times Book Review have to do.  Each of the following book reviews has been improved by those fine editors.  I’m deeply grateful to them.  (Note: Some of these reviews appeared in the NYTBR’s ‘Fiction Chronicle’ and ‘The Shortlist’; those titles and authors have been listed separately.)

Bucky F*cking DentBy David Duchovny

XO Orpheus, Edited by Kate Bernheimer

The Cool School, Edited by Glenn O’Brien

The Moth Anthology, Edited by Catherine Burns

The Twelve (part two of The Passage vampire trilogy), by Justin Cronin

We The Animals, by Justin Torres

There Is No Year, by Blake Butler

Mary Ann In Autumn, by Armistead Maupin

Dogfight, A Love Story, by Matt Burgess

The November Criminals, by Sam Munson

The Escape, by Adam Thirlwell

Generation A, by Douglas Coupland

Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same, by Mattox Roesch

The Death of Bunny Munro, by Nick Cave

Home Boy, by H.M. Naqvi

The Cry of the Sloth, by Sam Savage

Perforated Heart, by Eric Bogosian

Ugly Man, Dennis Cooper

The Hospital for Bad Poets, J. C. Hallman

Pygmy, by Chuck Palahniuk

Security, by Stephen Amidon

After You’ve Gone, Jeffrey Lent

Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet, by Darrin Doyle

Pandora in the Congo, Albert Sanchez Pinol

The Unknown Knowns, Jeffrey Rotter

Future Missionaries of America, by Matthew Vollmer

Body Surfing, Dale Peck

Out of My Skin, by John Haskell