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September 20, 2010

2010 Giller longlist announced 0

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The longlist for Canada’s 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced. Notable omissions: “Ilustrado by Montreal’s Miguel Syjuco, which won the Man Asian Literary Award before it was even published; Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel’s first novel since his breakthrough Life of Pi; and, most notably, Room by Emma Donoghue, which was recently shortlisted for […]

September 20, 2010

Everyday Splendor: David Grossman’s To the End of the Land 2

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When fully explored, as it is by Grossman in this novel, the drama of the human condition enthralls more than the most gripping action sequence.

September 17, 2010

I Write Lying Down 0

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Emma Straub describes her (supine) writing rituals at The Big Other.

September 17, 2010

What’s Wrong with Books? 0

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Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman explain what’s wrong with books: “They’re heavy…the shit in them is dumb…”

September 17, 2010

Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival 0

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“If DBC Pierre wasn’t twelve scotches into a bender before he went on stage, I have lost a substantial wager.” Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival, at the Electric Literature blog.

September 17, 2010

Oscar Wilde’s Love Letters Discovered 0

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“No dress, just ourselves and a flask of Italian wine”; “Till Thursday night. This is all wrong, isn’t it.” A collection of love letters written by Oscar Wilde to a young male magazine editor have been discovered.

September 17, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #11 Under the Volcano 9

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While Dante urged me to strive up, up, up toward heaven’s crooning saints and brightly-lit pinwheels, Malcolm Lowry lit my cigarette and told me it’s always nighttime inside the bar. It was a confusing period in my life.

September 16, 2010

Dinner With Henry Miller 0

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Name a famous person, living or dead, you’d like to have dinner with. If you answered “Henry Miller,” you can watch Dinner With Henry, a rare, 30-minute documentary about Henry Miller, that is exactly what its title implies: footage of Miller having dinner. (via @maudnewton)

September 16, 2010

A History of Beauty 0

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“‘Man is hungry for beauty. There is a void.’ Nine words. Take a moment. Say them aloud. What else is there to be said?” –Arthur Krystal’s essay on Umberto Eco’s History of Beauty, at Powell’s Books. (via Arts & Letters Daily)

September 16, 2010

Why A New Madame Bovary? 1

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Lydia Davis, whose new translation of Madame Bovary comes out September 23, blogs at The Paris Review Daily about why we need yet another translation of Flaubert.