Articles by Lydia Kiesling

October 31, 2011

Felt Succeeds Where Words Fail 0

Spike Jonze and Olympia Le-Tan collaborate on a short, creepy, bookish sex romp, animated in felt and set in Shakespeare and Company.  Via The Dish.

October 19, 2011

Wanting it Bad: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 4

On its face, The Marriage Plot appears to be a novel that mentions a lot of novels without talking about any of them. These facile, knowing references disguise the sly ways that this novel engages with its predecessors.

October 7, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #76 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 6

It is a dark and lovely poem, written by the possessor of a sinister wit.

October 5, 2011

The Unlovable Nobel Novelist 0

Why don’t Turks like Orhan Pamuk?  A detailed analysis here.

September 16, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #25 A Passage to India 4

This gets to the heart of both my admiration and my anxieties about this novel. How can we write across culture, or think across culture, even, in a way that is fair? The cowardly answer is that we can’t.

August 11, 2011

Dispatch from Turkey: Plagiarism Charges Levied at Award-Winning Author 17

Award-winning polyglot Turkish author Elif Şafak has been accused of plagiarism by a translator in Turkey, where her newest novel Iskender was released on August 1.

June 20, 2011

Nom de Plume: Literary History and the Curatorial Principle 19

I see it as a book for these times and no other. Our particular moment is all about managing data rather than producing it; a theme is assigned, the material assiduously curated.

April 27, 2011

Confluence of Pleasures: On Reading and Tuna Fish 15

Proust’s madeleine would have made more sense to me had Proust, upon discovering the power of the cookie, obtained a huge box and eaten them while reading all seven Chronicles of Narnia.

April 25, 2011

The Quotable Babur 5

He was a tactician, poet, zoologist, melon enthusiast, Muslim, and badass. He was also the author of the Baburnama, an autobiography unprecedented in its milieu.

April 24, 2011

Self’s the Man 0

Christopher Hitchens has a marvelous essay on Philip Larkin (curmudgeon, onanist, genius) at The Atlantic.  Via 3 Quarks Daily.