I spent today reading a new book for review, The Last Days of Dogtown. It's historical fiction by Anita Diamant, the author of The Red Tent. I can't say I'm that impressed - a change, since I've gushed over several recent reads lately (notably Aimee Bender and David Barringer). Perhaps this means I'm finally becoming converted to short stories over novels, though that's never been the case before. More likely, I'm just feeling fed up with realism.