May 15, 2012
It’s an age-old complaint, but things don’t really seem to be changing. You can seek out literature from just about anywhere — and now it’s easier than any previous point in history — but it’s a hell of a lot harder to bring it into the conversation.
May 8, 2012
I guess this is to say that the symposium had its share of characters one might expect to find in a David Foster Wallace novel.
April 26, 2012
by Edan Lepucki
It was going to be just me, a box of books, and Pico Boulevard. I was kind of scared.
March 26, 2012
I had nearly given up on the original manuscript of Confederacy of Dunces until a year ago when I interviewed Lynda Martin, the sister of John Kennedy Toole’s best friend in high school. “The manuscript?” she said in a soft southern accent. “Yes, well I have it in my closet here at home.”
March 2, 2012
In a South Texas parlor room, 10 men eagerly hold shots of bourbon in their hands. Together they raise their glasses and down the whiskey in one go. This is the Oil Barons Society, an exclusive, men-only book club in San Antonio.
March 1, 2012
With language out of reach, it’s hard not to feel as if I’m in a dream, or that I’ve crossed over to another world.
February 27, 2012
None of the Brontes’ work would have seen the light of day had it not been for Charlotte. At the age of twenty she wrote to the Poet Laureate, Robert Southey, sending him some of her poems and professing not merely a desire to write but “to be for ever known.”
February 16, 2012
The Synge I’d come to know needed to have an adventure to open himself up to his life, to experience risk and fear and sickness and find out that he was stronger than he thought he was. I realized that the version of Synge I’d come to know and love was actually me.
February 13, 2012
To voice their disapproval of the circumstances of Salman Rushdie’s absence, four writers read from The Satanic Verses — a book that has been banned in India. They were advised to leave. What kind of real intellectual discussion could go on in a setting that had proved itself so hospitable to self-censorship?
January 18, 2012
Not that I was necessarily looking for an overlooked first edition, but I will declare up front that I did find one such diamond in the rough.