Year in Reading

December 10, 2012

A Year in Reading: Zadie Smith 2

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I don’t have anything intelligent to say about it. I just thought it was very beautiful.

December 10, 2012

A Year in Reading: David Haglund 1

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If you’re interested in Mormonism — because of Mitt Romney or for any other reason — read her book.

December 9, 2012

A Year in Reading: Janet Potter 9

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The 2012 Janet Potter Awards for Literary Achievement…

December 9, 2012

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 0

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It’s not my fault that the most popular girl at the dance is also the coolest and the smartest and the funniest and the sexiest; plus she’s got blood under her fingernails and one helluva snarl: ferocious, seductive, ironic and dark.

December 9, 2012

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 2

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It’s a mesmerizing, precisely-written, sad, and very violent tale, with unexpected flashes of humor.

December 8, 2012

A Year In Reading: Nick Moran 3

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I had just signed up for subscriptions to the NYRB, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, Oxford American, n+1, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. In the heat of the moment it seemed prudent. Now I will be hip to all of the literary buzz. I will sate my cravings for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and criticism alike. I will understand all of the jokes at parties.

December 8, 2012

A Year in Reading: Scott Esposito (Conversational Reading) 5

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Of the lesser-known Oulipo members, the works of Jacques Roubaud should not be missed. His Mathematics, just published this year, is a great introduction to this writer who marries Oulipo, Proust, and mathematics (it’s a strange marriage).

December 8, 2012

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 3

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 It’s an overdue and hugely welcome corrective to the narrative of doom and decay that has been pouring out of Detroit, like toxic sludge, for the past 40 years. 

December 7, 2012

A Year in Reading: Rachel Fershleiser 2

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In general, my favorite literary genre this year was what I like to call “women-processing-their-shit books.”

December 7, 2012

A Year In Reading: Hari Kunzru 1

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This writing was already under my skin.