Curiosities

November 4, 2014

To the Edge of Sanity 0

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Edmund Wilson famously said of the works of H.P. Lovecraft that “the only real horror in most of these fictions is the horror of bad taste and bad art.” In time, however, Lovecraft developed a substantial following, which raises the question of what attracted readers to his work. The answer? “The weird realism that runs […]

November 4, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Johnson; Ford; Millet; Hunter; Kadare; Jin; Rash; Self 0

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Out this week: The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson; Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford; Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet; Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter; Twilight of the Eastern Gods by Ismail Kadare; A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin; Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash; and Shark by Will Self. For more on these and other new titles, check out our […]

November 3, 2014

Strange and New 0

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Last week, I pointed readers to an article about Michael Faber’s latest book and his decision to quit writing fiction. Now, in the Times Book Review, Marcel Theroux sizes up the novel, writing that “the reader is drawn through the book effortlessly, by the combination of incidental strangeness and the suspenseful handling of plot.”

November 3, 2014

Flyboys 0

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Recommended Reading: James Salter on a new book about American pilots in World War I.

November 3, 2014

Alone in the Dark 0

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For the most part, your average writer’s retreat is a pretty cushy place. Its amenities are designed to let its guests turn their energies to the difficulties of artistic work. At The Paris Review Daily, Rex Weiner writes a dispatch from a different sort of retreat — a haunted house for writers in Mexico. To […]

November 3, 2014

Tales of a Fanboy 0

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If you’ve been on the Internet at any point in the last few weeks, you’re probably aware that Twin Peaks is coming back. The seminal (and seminally weird) show by David Lynch will return for nine episodes in 2016. At The Nervous Breakdown, Joshua Lyons explains what the show meant to him, with the help […]

November 2, 2014

Consider the Chapter 0

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“What does the chapter’s beginnings reveal about the way our books and stories are still put together?” Nicholas Dames answers with an essay in The New Yorker.

November 2, 2014

Weird: France & Belgium 0

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Recommended recommendations: Weird Fiction Review has compiled a list of notable “weird” French and Belgian writers.

November 2, 2014

“Carefully Arranged Derangement” 0

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“Literature offers a way of framing, or reckoning with, the chaos of a universe we can never truly know.” The LA Times interviewed Denis Johnson about his new novel The Laughing Monsters, an excerpt of which can be read online here.

November 1, 2014

Books vs. “Books” 0

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Recommended reading: Alex Beam on the distinction between books and “books.”