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August 26, 2009

T.V. Party Tonight! 6

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Maybe rather than asking “Is this indie?” we should satisfy ourselves with asking “Is it a good show?” or even better, “Do I like it?”

August 24, 2009

What I Read on My Summer Vacation 8

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Sometimes I feel like everyone’s eating this thing called scrambled eggs (What are those, I wonder. They look good.), while I’m enjoying a delicious chantarelle and pecorino frittata.

August 21, 2009

The Bronx is Yearning 6

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As far as the media (including the arts media) is concerned, the Bronx is a bad hand you get dealt.

August 20, 2009

A Hunger for Reality Hunger 10

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Essayist and author David Sheilds’ forthcoming book Reality Hunger bears “Manifesto” as a subtitle, and it may break the mold.

August 18, 2009

Dispatches from Vilnius: Regarding Language, Genre, and the Capital of Culture 0

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Out of nothing comes language and out of language comes nothing and everything. I know there will be stories. Certainly there will always be stories.

August 17, 2009

Summer of My Discontent 13

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Sometimes I read a novel that drags and before long I have spurned books in favor of internet television, Calvin and Hobbes, and puerile blogs.

August 7, 2009

Book Lovers 7

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It starts out innocently. I recommend Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. “I think you’d like Johnson,” I say, after reading one of his short story drafts. “The violence and the tenderness together. ‘Emergency’ will knock you out.”

August 5, 2009

Fillet of Mockingbird in a Gladwell Reduction Sauce 11

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In his most recent article for The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell asserts that “one way to make sense” of To Kill a Mockingbird “is to start with Big Jim Folsom.” It’s a thesis that rings all the Gladwell bells. There’s the near-nonsequiter. There’s the insistence that to understand something you thought you already understood, you […]

August 4, 2009

Nabokov, Wallace, and the Incredible Shrinking Book 3

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I was vaguely shocked and cautiously appalled to learn last week that Vladimir Nabokov’s “new” novel, The Original of Laura, due for release in August, isn’t, in fact, much of a novel at all. “This very unfinished work reads largely like an outline, full of seeming notes-to-self, references to source material, self-critique, sentence fragments and […]

August 3, 2009

Writing for Free 5

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This HuffPo writer is right. Not paying writers is not a business model. Or if it is, it’s not a sustainable model. She touches on many good points in this debate, namely that only those that can afford to write for free will do so, meaning that we’ll increasingly be hearing from the idle rich […]