Curiosities

March 22, 2010

Lydia Takes the Bronze! 0

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Congratulations to our own Lydia Kiesling whose essay “Proust’s Arabesk: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk” has taken third place in the 3 Quarks Daily 2010 Prize in Arts & Literature as judged by Robert Pinsky.

March 22, 2010

Lipsyte Interviewed 0

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Fiction Daily has added a give and take with The Ask author Sam Lipsyte to its growing collection of author interviews.

March 19, 2010

Spring Is for Reading 0

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It’s time again for spring cleaning, as well as the more enjoyable spring reading. Scott Esposito at Conversational Reading is gearing up for Your Face This Spring, which will read the entire 1200 pages of Javier Marías‘s Your Face Tomorrow trilogy. And Big Other is orchestrating a group read of Flann O’Brien‘s At Swim-Two-Birds. After you finish […]

March 18, 2010

Book Cover Contests 0

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Venus Febriculosa, currently judging entries for its Name of the Rose book-cover design contest, has opened up another contest, this one to design a “cover” for Eugenio Montale’s poem, “The Eel.”

March 18, 2010

Literary Threads 1

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Literary-minded t-shirt purveyor Kafkacotton has a new t-shirt out. This one is a clever nod to Kerouac’s On the Road.

March 18, 2010

From the Newsstand 0

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This week has brought new issues of The Quarterly Conversation (including considerations of Herta Müller, Per Petterson, and Jonathan Swift); Lapham’s Quarterly (The Arts & Letters issue, featuring Salman Rushdie); and Triple Canopy (“Hue and Cry”)

March 17, 2010

The Verdict 0

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Max’s verdict in the opening round of The Morning News Tournament of Books has been posted. Which book did he pick, Gate at the Stairs or The Book of Night Women? Hop over to TMN to find out. And don’t miss the match commentary, which has some great additional discussion of both books.

March 16, 2010

Review of Sonya Chung’s Long for This World 1

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Lisa Peet at Open Letters Monthly / Likefire blog on Millions contributor Sonya Chung‘s novel Long for This World: “When a novel, particularly a debut novel, is referred to as ‘ambitious,’ there’s usually an implicit ‘but’ present… Chung takes on the dynamics of family—what draws it together and what pulls it apart—through the eyes of […]

March 15, 2010

Strange Bedfellows Department: Glenn Beck and The French Insurrectionists 0

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You may have heard that Glenn Beck, sower of anxiety about Obamanomics, is also a shill for gold coin dealer Goldline. But here’s a conspiracy theory for you: Does Glenn Beck also have a stake in the modish French theoretical organ Semiotext(e)? The truth is out there, people.

March 15, 2010

Hardcover Beauties 6

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Penguin is putting out snazzy, mesmerizing, jacket-less hardcover editions of a number of classics. These remind of the old books on my parents’ shelves. You won’t be able to get your hands on these for a few months though.