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July 12, 2010

Novelist-of-the-Future: A Profile of Jennifer Egan 5

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As time has gone on, I have become interested in telling stories that are more complicated and less streamlined, and so I’m looking for more ways to do that as efficiently and powerfully as I can.

July 11, 2010

Summer Reading at The Brooklyn Rail 0

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Want to know what artists Paul Chan and Richard Serra, poet Eileen Myles, and translator Charlotte Mandell are reading this summer? Check out The Brooklyn Rail’s Summer Reading List.

July 11, 2010

Anna Quindlen on Harper Lee 0

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Anna Quindlen at The Huffington Post is one of the many writers reflecting on the greatness of To Kill A Mockingbird in honor of the book’s 50th anniversary.

July 10, 2010

Germany’s Top Literary Prize 0

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The Georg Buechner Prize, Germany’s highest literary honor, has been awarded this year to Reinhard Jirgl, author of The Unfinished. (via AuthorScoop)

July 10, 2010

Meghan O’Rourke on Anne Carson’s Nox 0

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At The New Yorker, Meghan O’Rourke lyrically reviews Anne Carson’s latest work Nox: “Grief is paradoxical … The literature of mourning enacts that dilemma; its solace is mainly in the ritual of remembering the dead and then saying, There is no solace and also, This has been going on a long time.”

July 10, 2010

Marilynne Robinson on The Daily Show 0

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Author Marilynne Robinson appeared on “The Daily Show” Thursday night.  No kidding.  She talked about Absence of Mind, her new work of nonfiction, about the relationship between science and religion. (via The Observer)

July 9, 2010

Chekhov’s Funeral 0

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Did you know that on this very day in 1904, Chekhov was interred? If that comes as news to you, read about the last few months of his life at the always enlightening Today in Literature.

July 9, 2010

When Literary Praise Goes Too Far 2

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More amusement has been prompted by The History of Love author Nicole Krauss’s arguably over-the-top blurb for David Grossman’s To the End of the Land: “To read it is to have yourself taken apart, undone, touched at the place of your own essence; it is to be turned back, as if after a long absence, […]

July 9, 2010

Gary Shteyngart’s Book Trailer 0

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This “book trailer” released by Gary Shteyngart for his upcoming book Super Sad True Love Story has been the cause of much recent hilarity. If you have yet to see it, look for appearances by Jeffrey Eugenides, Jay McInerney and actor James Franco.

July 9, 2010

Literature is a Manner of Completing Ourselves: A Reader’s Year 17

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If I were an addict, I would get high and while high, presumably, worry about where I was to get my next fix. Reading is not all that different, I think. As a reader, I am always looking over the binding thinking about the next read, in some instances, longing for it. Some books, like some highs, are better than others. But even with not-so-good books, I will come back to the drug, seeking the next high.