Articles by Lydia Kiesling

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.

April 13, 2011

Writerly Pets, cont. 0

And now, Writers and Kitties, untrammeled delight.  Via The New Yorker Book Bench.

April 9, 2011

Writerly Pets 0

Famous authors and their dogs, photographed by Jill Krementz.  Via The Daily Dish.

March 17, 2011

Modern Library Revue: #4 Lolita 7

(A signal event in English, by a Russian, about sex with children, published by a French purveyor of mostly-filth of a pretty banal sort.)

March 4, 2011

Vote for your Millions! 0

Dearest readers, the voting is now open in the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature prize judged by Laila Lalami. Read and vote for your favorite piece from The Millions here!

February 23, 2011

The 3 Quarks Daily annual Arts and Literature Prize! 0

The 3 Quarks Daily annual prize for Arts and Literature blog writing has been announced!  Nominations are open in the comments of the announcement.  This year’s judge is author, professor, blogger, intellect Laila Lalami.  Dear readers, feel free to nominate any Millions writing you enjoyed here. And to the guest contributors out there, be sure […]

January 27, 2011

Beverly Cleary’s Dispatches from the Golden West 2

She writes about moving from small town to big city, the specter of pioneer ancestors, the pathos of only children, restless mothers, crooked teeth, perverted uncles, gloomy boyfriends, and tonsillitis.