Quick Hits

July 18, 2011

Exclusive: The First Lines of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 16

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Classical music and a taxi ride kick off Murakami’s long awaited novel.

June 16, 2011

On Bloomsdays Past 0

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We brought the world of Ulysses to, say, the Tivoli, or the Grand Canal, or the Art Museum and the Rocky statue.

June 14, 2011

Last Words 14

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When do we, as writers, accept that a piece is as good as it will ever be, even if it’s not that great? When do we decide that a piece will never be good enough to be published?

May 23, 2011

Exclusive: The First Lines of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot 14

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A bookish first paragraph kicks off this new novel set to come out in October.

May 19, 2011

Goodnight Stars, Goodnight Air: Reconnecting with Children’s Books as a Parent 13

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The market for children’s books is probably more resistant to cultural churn than just about any other slice of the consumer economy; it’s a closed circuit that reproduces itself one generation after another.

May 5, 2011

Requiem for a Video Store 9

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By the latter half of the decade the slide was irreversible: if Blockbuster had been injurious, Netflix was a cancer.  And so was On Demand, Hulu, and the thousand other ways we now put stories before our eyes.

March 25, 2011

A Writer Without Borders 9

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As a reader and writer, the current moment is endlessly confusing to me. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a one-man mission to save publishing, buying books weekly from indies and chains alike, for the sake not only of my future work, but that of future writers, young people far from urban centers, dreaming up stories in Texas or Idaho or Michigan.

March 15, 2011

Exclusive: The First Lines of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King 27

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The book’s lyrical opening sentence may be familiar to Wallace completists.

February 3, 2011

Ismail Kadare and the Girl in the Bridge 2

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When I was a child traveling to my family’s ancestral home in Northern Greece, we would always come to a point in the road where the left went north to Albania and the right went northeast into the Pindus mountains.

January 31, 2011

Je est un autre: David Wojnarowicz’s Rimbaud in New York 4

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Wojnarowicz was deeply aware of the trajectory he shared with the youthful and precocious Rimbaud.