Articles by Lydia Kiesling
October 19, 2011
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
It is a dark and lovely poem, written by the possessor of a sinister wit.
October 5, 2011
Why don’t Turks like Orhan Pamuk? A detailed analysis here.
September 16, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Christopher Hitchens has a marvelous essay on Philip Larkin (curmudgeon, onanist, genius) at The Atlantic. Via 3 Quarks Daily.
April 13, 2011
And now, Writers and Kitties, untrammeled delight. Via The New Yorker Book Bench.