Articles by Lydia Kiesling

October 25, 2009

It’s Not Fair 1

The Critterati pets-in-literary-garb contest ends at midnight tonight!  You can view a gallery of the submissions as they appear, and some of them are phenomenal.  I especially like Humbert Humbert.  I don’t know how these people got their animals to cooperate (drugs, probably).  Big Ed and Nadine, aged six months, made it quite clear that […]

October 25, 2009

A.S. Byatt on Feministing 0

Chloe Angyal briefly interviews A.S. Byatt at Feministing.  Byatt will be reading in New York City this Thursday.

October 23, 2009

Early Dust Jackets! 1

Bookseller Mark Godburn, who is working on a book about nineteenth century dust jackets, has  a neat gallery of early jackets and accompanying info at his website.

October 23, 2009

Modern Library Revue: #95 Under the Net 11

Someone once said (it was me) that Iris Murdoch wrote so many novels that if you are in the mood to read something by her, there is probably a fresh one available.

October 14, 2009

Truly the Best Contest Ever 1

The New Yorker Book Bench is having a contest.  Submit a photo of your pet dressed as a character from literature.  My kittens are in for the worst two weeks of their young lives.  Dante and Fur-gil?  Tess of the O’Paw-bervilles? Jay Catsby? Oh my god.  So many possibilities.

October 8, 2009

The More They Stay the Same: William Manchester’s The Death of a President 4

The Death of a President, unsurprisingly, is pure hagiography, but that’s actually the large part of its charm.

October 1, 2009

Infinite Summer: Reading D.F.W. in Concert 0

The Infinite Summer online book club, brain child of Matthew Baldwin, has finally completed Infinite Jest.  To celebrate, they are reading Dracula.  Steven Lowman briefly interviews Baldwin at the Washington Post blog Short Stack.

September 28, 2009

Modern Library Revue: #78 Kim 11

Kipling, I have observed, is catnip to gentlemen over a certain age; how far they are over that age determines how much they own up to his allure.

September 21, 2009

#16: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 0

At the center of this story Jeffrey Eugenides has placed the two great standards of the human race: a pair of genitals, and a heart.

September 2, 2009

The Lion, The Witch and Ishiguro 3

The surprise in a large part of Kazuo Ishiguro’s work is that he changes the very quality of the world in some subtle but deeply alarming way.