Year in Reading

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

December 19, 2009

A Year in Reading: John Williams (The Second Pass) 1

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Starring semi-rural characters down on their luck in places from Illinois to the outskirts of Nashville, these eight stories contain both humor and compassion about people and an appreciation for nature that is never heavy-handed.