Quick Hits

March 15, 2011

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


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

February 3, 2011

Ismail Kadare and the Girl in the Bridge 2


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


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

January 28, 2011

Lisbeth Salander, The Early Years: Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking 7


Pippi Longstocking never quite breaks the laws of physics, but she is an impossible creature, a fantasy of empowerment: rich, self-confident, unnaturally strong, perpetually delighted, never compromising, never defeated.

January 27, 2011

In Praise of Literary Reports 3


Have we already lost interest in the Gulf oil spill, or is it possible that the report itself is to blame for our fading interest?

January 10, 2011

In Which the Author Recalls Reading Huck Finn As a Child 2


I was walking down the stairs with the book in hand because, though a fairly precocious young reader, I’d come across a word I’d never seen before.

January 10, 2011

My Resolution for 2011: Stop Blaming the Internet 7


The Internet was the big bogeyman, the great scapegoat of 2010.

November 22, 2010

Internet Stunts Vs. Blurbs: Is There a Difference? 1


Marketing a book is more of an uphill battle than ever in our forget-me-now culture of constant media noise. And so were born internet literary stunts.

October 30, 2010

If You Don’t Read “Cul de Sac,” You Really Probably Should 1


The comic is vibrant, warm, and beautifully drawn; unlike its staggering peers, it’s outrageously alive.

October 20, 2010

On Reading Snow in Turkish 4


I ride to school and whisper words like “threshold,” “doomsday,” and “willow tree.”