Year in Reading

December 11, 2012

A Year in Reading: Thomas Mallon 0

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What might have been a piece of niche self-pity – the boo-hoo travails of another belletristic, still-young Brooklynite – turns out to be a remarkably clear-eyed search for the deeper and more distant causes of a bad patch that extended itself much too far.

December 11, 2012

A Year In Reading: Kevin Smokler (Weegee) 6

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This year’s reading felt like being ages 16 and 39 at the same time.

December 10, 2012

A Year in Reading: Chris Ware 9

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Bolstered by the anti-sentimentalism of art school, I’d somehow fallen in line with the received opinion. Well, was I proved wrong. Really wrong.

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).