Awards time again. Later this evening (India time) the Oscar nominations will be announced but for now here are the nominees, across five categories, for the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards. Dylan’s Chronicles Vol 1 is among the Biography/Autobiography finalists. Craig Seligman’s study of Susan Sontag and Pauline Kael, which I have to borrow off Shougat, is in the Criticism category. In the Fiction list, I wouldn’t want to choose between Philip Roth and David Mitchell, but then I don’t have to, not being among the 600-odd book editors/critics who make the selections.