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August 27, 2010

Words Possessed: Ben Greenman’s What He’s Poised to Do 4

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The stories in this collection often dwell on the distance between letter-writers and those who receive them, and that much of the correspondence isn’t received by its addressee seems somewhat beside the point. What matters is the letter-writing itself, that which gives sanction to the pen-holder’s yearning. The mail is official, it’s real.

August 26, 2010

How to be a Good Literary Loser 0

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Rick Gekoski, previously shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley prize, talks about what it means to be a good literary loser, at Guardian: “And as soon as the winner is announced and it isn’t you,” Colm Tóibín observed, “the cameraman just walks away, and you are left there at the table trying to look composed, and you […]

August 26, 2010

Playboy and Madame Bovary 0

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Macy Halford at Book Bench imagines Playboy as the Madame Bovary of the 1950s.

August 26, 2010

Interview with A.S. Byatt 1

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Guardian posts an interesting video interview with A.S. Byatt about poetry, her novel The Children’s Book, and our persistent interest in ourselves.

August 26, 2010

Oral History at the End of the World: World War Z and its Cousins 3

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World War Z is not a shallow book by any means. But World War Z never quite manages the same level of moral pique as The Good War and the now obscure former bestseller Warday, a bleak speculative oral history of America after a nuclear attack.

August 26, 2010

The Millions Interview: Kate Zambreno 4

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“I am saying that amidst all of this banality there’s something really dangerous in terms of how we swallow horrible things happening because they make us uncomfortable and ignore all the fucked-up-ness and like let’s talk about The Bachelor as opposed to Haiti and as a society we’re still totally totally repressed…”

August 25, 2010

Jonathan Lethem’s New York 0

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At The Rumpus, Richard Greenwald writes about the novels of Jonathan Lethem, urban gentrification, and the Sisyphean feat of achieving authenticity in New York.

August 25, 2010

How Much Does A Writer Make? 0

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How much does a writer make? The Rejecter (“I don’t hate you. I just hate your query letter”) breaks it down.

August 25, 2010

Looking for Mr. Goodreads 0

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TNR‘s Ruth Franklin test-drives a new online dating service that “purports to match people based on their taste in literature.” Spoiler alert: Sebald lovers appear to be out of luck.

August 25, 2010

A Novel in Three Days 11

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Seventy-two hours to produce a novel? The International 3-Day Novel Contest proves that writing can be an extreme sport.