Year in Reading

December 22, 2009

A Year in Reading: Robert Lopez 0

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This is transcendent music, a 133 page song of incredible beauty from America’s preeminent poet of earthly and heavenly matter.

December 22, 2009

A Year in Reading: Motoyuki Shibata 0

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Who would have thought one could discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne and Brian Wilson together, literally in the same breath?

December 21, 2009

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 2

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In 2009, I found myself traipsing back and forth between literary Berlin and literary Moscow and losing myself in the territories in between. My favorite of the books I encountered during these peregrinations was A Book of Memories, by the Hungarian master Péter Nádas.

December 21, 2009

A Year in Reading: Cristina Henríquez 0

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Every essay made me stop, made me think, made me rethink, made me reread, made me question, and made me see. I found I was dogearing nearly every other page, scribbling in the margins.

December 21, 2009

A Year in Reading: Ed Park 1

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Selling Sounds is a profound and fascinating book, not just for academics but for anyone with ears.

December 20, 2009

A Year in Reading: Jeff Martin 1

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Written, or perhaps I should say designed as an auction catalog, this slim volume from Leanne Shapton made me question the meaning of narrative and how stories are told.

December 20, 2009

A Year in Reading: Traver Kauffman (Rake’s Progress) 0

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My ambitious plan to read all of Elkin devolved into a desperate plan to keep from defaulting on my mortgage.

December 20, 2009

A Year in Reading: Tim W. Brown 0

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The Worst Book I Ever Read says things about authors and books that few readers would dare say out loud, let alone publish, defiantly and hilariously raising a middle finger at literary lameness and publishing torpor.

December 19, 2009

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder 0

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Dubravka Ugresic uses a visit to a New York nail salon to depict the mish-mash of contemporary cultures, calls out celebrities as the new secular saints, and debunks the romanticism of exile while deeming the suitcase its god.

December 19, 2009

A Year in Reading: Carolyn Kellogg 4

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The Pynchonmanes like the intellectual challenge of his massive books, and they tend to balk against the straightforward elements of Inherent Vice