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February 8, 2011

Typewriter Art 1

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Luddites rejoice! If you still use a manual typewriter, you already know that they’re superior to laptops for writing. Now comes proof that they’re also better at making art than text-based computer art programs like ASCII and its “colored cousin,” ANSI. The video’s narrator tells us, in German, that many of the subjects autographed their […]

February 8, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Jensen, Cole, Haslett, Shields 0

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Out this week is a highly touted seafaring debut We the Drowned. This book in translation is by Danish writer Carsten Jensen. Another debut effort arriving this week is Open City by Teju Cole, which PW likened to Coetzee, Sebald, and Nicholson Baker. Out in paperback today are Adam Haslett’s Union Atlantic and controversial Millions […]

February 8, 2011

Life Sentence: A Review of Mathias Énard’s Zone 8

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How to write about a one-sentence novel? How to write about the dead? The challenges aren’t as different as you’d think.

February 7, 2011

Brian Jacques, R.I.P. 1

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Brian Jacques, whose Redwall series beginning with Redwall and Mossflower figured prominently in my life as a young reader, has died.

February 7, 2011

On Bad Reviews 74

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Given all the years you spent writing your book or composing your music or perfecting your play before someone came along and spat on it, it’s extraordinarily difficult to respond to a bad review with grace.

February 4, 2011

A Thousand Points of Light: Kevin Brockmeier’s The Illumination 3

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Good fiction colors our understanding of modernity, the train roaring obliviously forward.  It sparks in negative space, what gets left behind.

February 4, 2011

Her Story Next to His: Beloved and The Odyssey 4

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In the era of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain, it is puzzling that more attention has not been paid to the extensive parallels to The Odyssey in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

February 3, 2011

Love Par Avion 1

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Paravion Press, a small press born in a small Greek island’s bookshop, print postcard-sized editions of short stories that are designed to be sent by mail, complete with a page for your correspondence and an envelope. To celebrate their Valentine’s publication of Katherine Mansfield’s “Feuille d’Album,” they’re holding a Romantic Haiku Challenge, whose winner will […]

February 3, 2011

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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AWP Attendees: Millions editor and founder C. Max Magee will be on a panel at AWP on Friday. “Ask Not What the Internet Can Do for You: Shifting Our Perspective on Internet Publishing as an Alternative to Major Market Publishing” will discuss electronic publications as central to the needs of 21st-century writers and readers, and […]

February 3, 2011

Staff Pick: Sarah Bakewell’s How to Live 5

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It’s a ripping story, splashed with bloody horrors and punctuated by moments of serene beauty.