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November 25, 2009

Gender Confusion: On Literary Sausage Parties 12

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The writers highlighted by Publishers Weekly certainly deserve our attention, but the kind of attention they got, I fear, is a reminder that they use the men’s room.

November 23, 2009

Dogs, Revolutionary Road, and The Thunderous Sea of Silence 6

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On the violence of Richard Yates’s dialog, the failures of human speech in everyday life, and the silent togetherness of man and dog.

November 20, 2009

Goodbye to Oprah’s Golden Ticket 36

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In a literary world where writers are playing the lottery against the longest of odds, Oprah was the winning ticket. But in less than two years, the ultimate book publicity coup will be off the table.

November 19, 2009

Portraits of the Artist: The Work of Carl Köhler 4

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Köhler’s subjects ranged from Michael Jackson to Charles Bukowski and his experimentation with many startlingly different techniques and media in his portraiture, as well as his often exquisite pairings of style and subject, give his work an arresting and distinctive expressiveness.

November 17, 2009

Fair Hypocrites: Twilight By Way of Pamela 16

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These two publishing phenomena, one situated at each end of the history of the novel, are–by a certain cynical reading–the same book, the same archetypal female fantasy. And they are not love stories: they are stories about class.

November 16, 2009

The Bolaño Myth and the Backlash Cycle 10

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If a Bolaño backlash materializes, it will mark a revolt not against his books, but against a particular narrative being spun about them. With a tendentious but seductive account of the experience The Savage Detectives offers U.S. readers, “Bolaño Inc.” provides the perfect cover story for those who can’t be bothered to do the reading.

November 9, 2009

A Guest in the Shadow Country 6

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Grouping writers according to their countries of origin or of citizenship seems strangely arcane. These just don’t seem like useful divisions, especially in the case of fiction.

November 3, 2009

In Play – Runs: Baseball and the Internet 11

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Much of the discourse about sports is couched in a conservative ethos, regardless of the political inclinations of those in the dialog. But the internet has changed what it means to be a fan.

October 30, 2009

Discovering the Luz in The Paris Review Interviews 4

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Hearing the echo of writers talking of their difficulties and triumphs with writing can provide the consolation and inspiration it takes to toil on, such as knowing that Orhan Pamuk “work[s] like a clerk” or that even Paul Auster feels stupid sometimes.

October 23, 2009

Framing the Issue: Copyright from John Adams to mp3s 3

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The author of The Gift turns to Founding Fathers, copyright, and the creative commons. So why hasn’t anyone noticed?