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April 28, 2010

Holden and Middlemarch in Windhoek 7


Complete with phonies, small things that men love about women, and the mid-1800s equivalent of bathroom graffiti, Middlemarch is a book that I think Holden Caulfield would have grudgingly found acceptable.

April 26, 2010

Drifted toward Dragons: Utopia Today 13


It’s fair to characterize the last five hundred years of human civilization as a history of not-getting-the-joke of Utopia.

April 13, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 5) 1


Yes, said the nameless man to the nameless child, gazing out at the ruin caused by some massive anonymous catastrophe. Thats how we keep things interesting.

March 29, 2010

An Exclusive Look at the Cover of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom 12


We learned recently that Jonthan Franzen’s long-awaited follow-up to The Corrections, a new novel called Freedom, will arrive at the end of August.

March 15, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 4) 2


Their ravenous mouths were sandwichless, the frail lie exposed. A cracked and empty cicadashell. The new world gray and skeletonboned, heavy with reckoning. No barrelpickles anywhere, not even Polish dills.

February 25, 2010

In Our Parents’ Bookshelves 38


Even a megabyte seems bulky compared to what can be conveyed in the few cubic feet of a bookshelf. What other vessel is able to hold with such precision, intricacy, and economy, all the facets of your life

February 16, 2010

Linked by Words: Uncovering a Piece of Family History 1


In these hand-written excerpts and notes, tracking his reading habits in those last few years, I’ve been given a sudden and surprising connection to my past.

February 15, 2010

Every Day The Same Dream 5


Even aside from the sad beauty of the game’s gray world, I was thinking about it the other day and I realized part of its appeal: it reminds me, in its very existence, of what the Internet used to be.

January 20, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 3) 5


I dont know, the man said, and it was truth. He didnt know where all the apostrophes had gone.

January 13, 2010

Selections from a Winter Reading War and Peace 9


Reading War and Peace, there is the sense of beginning one of the great experiences one might have in a lifetime. It is an enervating feeling, but also a melancholy one.