Curiosities

March 30, 2015

Je Ne Sais Quoi 2

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In her controversial book The Fall of Language in the Age of English, Minae Mizumura argues that English, thanks largely to its global predominance, threatens to lessen the diversity of expression in the world. At Bookslut, she tells interviewer Corinna Pichl about her book, her issues with lingua francas and things you can say in Japanese […]

March 30, 2015

The One I Love 0

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Recommended Reading: Sarah Sansolo on her childhood obsession with Britney Spears.

March 30, 2015

Dear World 0

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Heidi Julavits credits her habit of keeping a diary with convincing her that writing might be a viable career path. In her new book, The Folded Clock, she returns to the format of her childhood, crafting a lengthy diary meant to stand on its own as a narrative. In the Times, Eula Biss reads the […]

March 30, 2015

Start Again 0

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Lucky Alan, which came out in February, is Jonathan Lethem’s first new story collection in more than ten years. He talked with Matt Bell about it in an interview at Salon. “What’s great about short stories is the opportunity to play at reinvention; all those new departures, all those new landings to try to stick,” […]

March 29, 2015

Waywords and Meansigns 0

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Recommended listening: Waywords and Meansigns, a new project that’s set out to record Finnegans Wake in its entirety and set it to music. The complete work will be released on May 4th, but there are already a few samples available online.

March 29, 2015

A Cartoon Quixote 0

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Well, Cervantes‘s body was just found, and there are some varying opinions about whether or not that’s a great thing for Spain and Spanish literature. What is almost definitely not a great thing for either: the pornographic Spanish Don Quixote cartoon from the seventies.

March 29, 2015

Postcards You Wish You Could Send 0

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This week in book-inspired graphics, of the beautiful-but-not-necessarily-informational type: A series of postcards from fictional places.

March 28, 2015

Not Evil 0

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Recommended reading: Sara Polsky writes for the New Yorker about “The Detective Novel That Convinced a Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil.”

March 28, 2015

The Great Delay 0

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From Slate comes an answer to the question: “Why did it take so long for The Great Gatsby to be recognized as a masterpiece?” Pair with our own Sonya Chung‘s review of the novel.

March 28, 2015

Ishiguro Interviewed 0

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“Maybe in the future I’ll feel compelled to write that kind of specific and current book, but right now I feel that my strength as a fiction writer is my ability to take a step back. I prefer to create a more metaphorical story that people can apply to a variety of situations, personal and […]