Articles by Lydia Kiesling

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 18

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.

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!