Articles by Lydia Kiesling

August 20, 2012

A Book for the Dog Days of Summer 2

As Murphy and Wasik stress again and again, this is a horrible disease; its grotesque symptoms, its uncurable-ness, its unpredictable incubation time, and its ideal vector–the dog–give it a unique place in the human psyche.

July 27, 2012

Elect Donald Antrim for a Better World 6

They knew there were people who needed these novels — frustrated people and weird people and people who prefer a very correct, very unusual deployment of the English language: formal but personal, arch, hilarious, possessed of a slightly antiquarian flavor. Even very great writers don’t often write like this.

June 27, 2012

#LitBeat: Funny and Dirty in San Francisco 1

Sheila Heti took the stage last, and told us that she would be dirty. And how. Reading from her new book about a divorced feminist playwright, Heti selected what can only be the dirtiest bits, an extended sex party between the protagonist and an artist named Israel.

April 27, 2012

Let’s Translate this Thing: Murathan Mungan’s Cities of Women 14

Anglophones have a rare opportunity here for a bit of friendly cultural one-upmanship with the French: In a talk last summer, Mungan told the assembled that his French publishers rejected Cities of Women because they wanted to advertise him strictly as a novelist. The introduction of his stories and plays and poems to the market, they told him, would “confuse” the French people.

April 20, 2012

Modern Library Revue: #36 All the King’s Men 10

This novel is written so beautifully, so stylishly, and feels so American — with all the muddled greatness and shittiness that descriptor implies — that my decrepit patriotism pricked up its ears like it sometimes does when I read a stunning novel about America, in fine American English.

February 9, 2012

Lady Parts: Caitlin Flanagan and H.G. Wells on Wayward Girls 16

Upon completing A Man of Parts and Girl Land, the new offering from Caitlin Flanagan, I know that our young girls are in extreme peril: if they are not succored by their families, they will wind up in nude animal ecstasy with H.G. Wells.

January 31, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 0

My review of Eowyn Ivey‘s debut novel, The Snow Child, is up at Slate.

January 23, 2012

Modern Library Revue: #33 Sister Carrie 8

In a state of temporal foreignness, it is not always easy to read the signs of the previous century.

December 15, 2011

Grand Officier Yaşar Bey 0

On December 17, Turkish author Yaşar Kemal will be decorated as a Grand Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur.  Kemal received the rank of Commander in 1984.  Read his contribution to our Year in Reading series here.  (Via HaberTürk.)

November 22, 2011

“It was a nasty autumn morning…” 0

A thoughtful piece of fiction to mark the November 10 anniversary of Atatürk‘s death.