Year in Reading

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Lydia Millet 0

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I haven’t been so bowled over by a poet’s sense of humor since…well, possibly ever.

December 15, 2014

A Year in Reading: Michelle Huneven 0

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I listen to audiobooks throughout the day, as I garden and cook, clean the kitchen and drive, and I have a contemporary child’s delight in listening to my favorites as often as I please.

December 15, 2014

A Year in Reading: Hannah Pittard 3

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It is a somersault through time and space.

December 15, 2014

A Year in Reading: Gina Frangello 0

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Manguso is a singular writer, as distinctive and inimitable as Anne Carson, but more accessible, and her books, though unflinchingly unsentimental and devoid of any New Age mumbo jumbo, are tender, deeply spiritual beasts.

December 15, 2014

A Year in Reading: Rebecca Makkai 0

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We end up with something almost like a constellation, beautiful points of light which we’re at liberty to connect. The language itself is as relaxed and elegant as the structure.

December 14, 2014

A Year in Reading: Rachel Fershleiser 2

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It has been a fucking great year for books about women.

December 14, 2014

A Year in Reading: Kaulie Lewis 0

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The dark chaos of Agamemnon has been especially powerful, and I’ve fallen wholly in love with its tangles of language and meaning, with the unexplainable contradictions at the heart of the play and with Cassandra, the woman doomed to be forever misunderstood.

December 14, 2014

A Year in Reading: Hannah Gersen 0

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I’m aware that this post is exactly the kind of writing I tried all year to avoid: Here I am, piling onto another writer’s already excellent criticism and observations. Please relish my hypocrisies.

December 13, 2014

A Year in Reading: Nick Moran 2

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You can call your friend Thomas Edison, who’s recently harnessed residential electricity, and have him install light fixtures so new and so foreign to your guests that they refuse to flip the switches themselves because they’re terrified of being electrocuted. Marvelous! Splendid!

December 13, 2014

A Year In Reading: Michael Schaub 0

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Kinnell was something like a connoisseur of loss, both actual and anticipated. And he anticipated his own, often.