Congrats to my dear friend Blake Bailey, whose bio of John Cheever, won best bio of 2009 from the National Book Critics Circle on Thursday. I mentioned this bio when it came out. It's fabulous, highly recommended. Blake also wrote a bio of Richard Yates, which is every bit as good, if not better. I have no doubt his Charles Jackson bio (which he talks about on the WSJ blog) will be the same, even if Jackson is all but forgotten.