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November 12, 2010

The Thousand Autumns of C. Max Magee 0

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A chance to be a part of literary history? David Mitchell fans can now bid in a charity auction to have a character named after them in a future novel of his.

November 12, 2010

Snake Meat and Reefer: Horacio Castellanos Moya 4

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Moya’s novels read like gonzo thrillers or amphetamine-fuelled nightmares. In between explosions, stabbings, mass snake-bites, and stampedes, an image of San Salvador and Salvadoran society at large starts to come together in flashes, like the picture in a zoetrope.

November 11, 2010

The Singer’s Gun on the Indie Next Highlights List 0

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Congratulations to our very own Emily St. John Mandel, whose second novel, The Singer’s Gun, is included, along with 19 other books, in the 2010 Indie Next List Highlights. Jason Hafer of Wolfgang Books says:  “The Singer’s Gun is a taut, restrained book with a quick hook and a long pull. It is a moving […]

November 11, 2010

Strange Flowers and Gubbinals: On Teaching and Pain 2

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What teacher has not felt this pain—the pain of the audible yawn from the kid in the back row just as you launch into the lesson you worked on for an hour and a half—or worse, the lesson you spent only ten minutes preparing and are now feeling vulnerable about?

November 10, 2010

Partying with Houellebecq 0

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Nelly Kaprielian parties with Michel Houellebecq after he wins the Goncourt: “‘After France, the world!’ jokes Beigbeder, and everybody’s quick to raise a glass.”

November 10, 2010

Return of the Literary Magazine 1

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“If the novel is struggling in this new environment, what of literary magazines? Long extinct? The opposite: literary magazines are getting popular again.” Guardian documents the resurgence of the literary magazine, thanks to the internet.

November 10, 2010

Sherlock Holmes at West Point 0

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“Many students do not rate their knowledge very highly… they often doubt the possibility of mastering both pen and sword. A problem like this one, I realized not long ago, demands some special assistance. Thus, with all the earnest discretion of a Victorian lady in distress, I have appealed to none other than Mr. Sherlock […]

November 10, 2010

Tolstoy, More Than a Century Later 0

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The Atlantic opens up its archives and stumbles across a November, 1891 profile of Leo Tolstoy that foreshadows his death.

November 10, 2010

Salinger in Vienna 9

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Part of the sadness here comes, of course, from a young woman being robbed, senselessly and viciously, of her life. But it is sad, too, in the way it deprived a young man, a man who hadn’t even known her that well, the luxury of remembering her without bitterness, of being able to ask lightheartedly: “I wonder what So-and-So is up to?”

November 10, 2010

Vampires, Inner Demons, and a Desirable Form of Hell in Grace Krilanovich’s The Orange Eats Creeps 1

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The Slutty Teenage Hobo Vampire Junkies take shelter in Safeways, 7-11s, and gas station bathrooms of the Pacific Northwest. They roam a countryside populated by meth houses, railways, gravel pits, and decrepit strip malls… In a way, they’re just angry teenage misfits who act out, who wreak havoc for no reason.