Although I'd doubtless run across his writing in The New Yorker from time to time over the years, I only became conscious of Louis Menand when Diane Greco
declared her love for his work in her weblog last year. I've just finished his brilliant intellectual history, The Metaphysical Club
. It's superb. (More on the new Spring books
I have a Tinderbox agent that collects all my notes my Menand's writing, from this latest review to his brilliant analysis of the psychological depths of The Cat In The Hat.