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March 17, 2010

The Edge, Too Has Its Edge: Reading Uwe Johnson in New York 2

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Uwe Johnson never quite knew what to do with the self-satisfied authority of superlatives. He was interested in the inconclusive, the ambiguous, and preferred observing things from the edge.

March 16, 2010

Review of Sonya Chung’s Long for This World 1

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Lisa Peet at Open Letters Monthly / Likefire blog on Millions contributor Sonya Chung‘s novel Long for This World: “When a novel, particularly a debut novel, is referred to as ‘ambitious,’ there’s usually an implicit ‘but’ present… Chung takes on the dynamics of family—what draws it together and what pulls it apart—through the eyes of […]

March 16, 2010

Reading War and Peace: The Effects of Great Art on an Ordinary Life 46

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One somewhat disquieting effect of reading War and Peace is that the more your own thoughts show up in its pages, the less original your life begins to feel.

March 16, 2010

Millennium Bridge: John Jodzio’s If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home 1

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Jodzio’s reality is a cruel one, but he is not a writer who revels in this cruelty; rather he respects his characters, and manages to find beauty in even the most dire moments, to elicit empathy towards some of the most frigid beings imaginable.

March 15, 2010

Strange Bedfellows Department: Glenn Beck and The French Insurrectionists 0

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You may have heard that Glenn Beck, sower of anxiety about Obamanomics, is also a shill for gold coin dealer Goldline. But here’s a conspiracy theory for you: Does Glenn Beck also have a stake in the modish French theoretical organ Semiotext(e)? The truth is out there, people.

March 15, 2010

Hardcover Beauties 6

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Penguin is putting out snazzy, mesmerizing, jacket-less hardcover editions of a number of classics. These remind of the old books on my parents’ shelves. You won’t be able to get your hands on these for a few months though.

March 15, 2010

Country of Quakes 3

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In Chile, one learns the word for earthquake before the word for thunder, a consequence of living in a country where thunder rumbles infrequently but the earth shakes every few months.

March 15, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 4) 2

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Their ravenous mouths were sandwichless, the frail lie exposed. A cracked and empty cicadashell. The new world gray and skeletonboned, heavy with reckoning. No barrelpickles anywhere, not even Polish dills.

March 12, 2010

Ask a Book Question #78 (Resources to Get Started in Publishing) 9

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“What I’d like to ask you is if you have any reading suggestions for finding out about the ins and outs of book and magazine publishing.”

March 12, 2010

Unaccommodated Man: Robert Stone’s Fun With Problems 7

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Robert Stone is like the friend who orders a round of stiff drinks, holds your hand, and looks into the abyss with you.