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August 13, 2012

A Transformative Translation 0

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Zachary Lazar talks to Mary Jo Bang about her radical translation of Dante’s Inferno: in an attempt to render the shock Dante caused by writing in conversational Italian rather than the conventional Latin, Bang translated Dante’s text in modern-day English adorned with references to American pop culture. A sample of the text is available online.

August 13, 2012

Questioning Your Legacy 0

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John Steinbeck’s son criticizes the state of Texas for invoking Of Mice and Men‘s Lennie Small, in ruling that certain mentally retarded individuals can be sentenced to the death penalty. The great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville wonders where her great-great-great-grandfather’s editor was when he wrote Moby Dick.

August 13, 2012

“Every generation rewrites the book’s epitaph; all that changes is the whodunit.” 0

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Proclaiming the death of the book has been in vogue nearly as long as the book itself. Leah Price presents a short history of our pessimism for the future of the written word.

August 12, 2012

Basketball, Poetry, and the Union of the Two 0

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Inua Ellams wrote a poem entitled “Portrait of Prometheus as a Basketball Player” in which he imagined “the fire stolen from the gods to be shaped as a basketball, and Prometheus dunking light into the world.” [Note: Ctrl + F for “Portrait of Prometheus” at this link to read the poem.] Over at Magma, Ellams […]

August 12, 2012

“I’m going to go jump off the Burnside Bridge” 0

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Recommended Reading: Powell’s bookseller Kevin Sampsell’s piece about talking a customer out of committing suicide, only to then be plagued by the thought of killing himself afterward.

August 12, 2012

Let’s Get a Novelist to Write a Birth Scene Transmitted via Skype 1

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This week, Allison K. Gibson looked into the “awkward but necessary role of technology in fiction,” and what it means to include it or overlook it in a given work of fiction. Similarly, what’s with the absence of birth scenes in literature?

August 12, 2012

Wells Tower on Mitt “Tin Man” Romney 0

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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned author Wells Tower hit the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and his lengthy piece entitled “Desperately Seeking Mitt” is sure to ruffle some red-colored feathers.

August 11, 2012

Laura Amy Schlitz Interview 0

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Newbery Medalist and Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! author Laura Amy Schlitz was interviewed for Publisher’s Weekly. She discussed her latest novel, Splendors and Glooms, which “allowed [Schlitz] to marry two of her passions in a single work – [Charles] Dickens and marionettes,” as well as her “half-hour, one-page trick” for writing.

August 11, 2012

Interviews with Ambitious Readers 0

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HTMLGiant is running a cool series of interviews with readers who recently finished long or difficult books. Check out their takes on Lee Child’s Echo Burning, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and William Gaddis’s The Recognitions over here, here, and here, respectively. Also, while on the topic of difficult books, check out Emily Colette Wilkinson […]

August 11, 2012

“When God speaks, he sounds just like David Rakoff did.” 0

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Following a long battle with cancer, David Rakoff died Thursday night at the age of 47. Rakoff recently delivered a novel entitled Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish to Doubleday, and fans can look out for it next year. Reflections on Rakoff’s life and legacy can be read courtesy of Jason Diamond and Choire Sicha, […]