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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.

February 3, 2011

Ismail Kadare and the Girl in the Bridge 2

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When I was a child traveling to my family’s ancestral home in Northern Greece, we would always come to a point in the road where the left went north to Albania and the right went northeast into the Pindus mountains.

February 2, 2011

Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K. 51

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Book cover design is a strange exercise in which one attempts to distill iconic imagery from hundreds of pages of text.

February 2, 2011

The Contemptibles and the Tapeworms: Houellebecq and BHL Correspond 2

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BHL and Houellebecq were not close when they began writing one another. It does not seem that correspondence brought them significantly closer.

February 1, 2011

Viva the Memoir! 0

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Deb Olin Unferth’s memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War hits shelves today. To celebrate the genre, she’s curated a special section in this month’s Guernica, with selections by Joshua Cohen and Rozalia Jovanovic, and forthcoming pieces by Porochista Khakpour and Clancy Martin.