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October 20, 2010

Winners, Declared: A Take on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 by One Under 40 3

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In which the author, now that the entire series has been published, addresses The New Yorker’s “20 under 40,” by refining it down to an even thinner and more rarified number.  Is this possible, the reader may ask—or prudent?

October 19, 2010

The Dangers of Overwriting 1

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“I am not at all sure—convinced, certain, persuaded—that creative-writing courses are a good idea unless they prevent people from writing sentences like this one, where adjectives—useful, helpful, intensely descriptive words—are stacked upon one another as Pelion used to be piled upon Ossa.” Alexander McCall Smith on the dangers of overwriting.

October 19, 2010

Howard Jacobson on Table Tennis 0

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Tablet Magazine publishes Booker prize winner (and one-time ranked junior table tennis player) Howard Jacobson’s essay on flamboyant ping-pong champ Marty Reisman for the first time in the U.S.

October 19, 2010

Google Poetry Translation 0

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Google is adapting its translation technology to accomodate the nuances of poetry. Guardian asks, how will it handle “The Jabberwocky”?

October 19, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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The latest effort from superstar translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky: Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago is now on shelves. P & V’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories is in our Hall of Fame, and we interviewed the couple last year. Also out: Mark Twain’s long-embargoed Autobiography is now shipping; V.S. Naipaul’s The […]

October 19, 2010

Hemingway, Michaels, Bellows: The Art of the Episodic Short Story 5

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Finishing a story – a good, well-written story – about a character both well developed and personally intriguing, and knowing that another story about that very same character is out there somewhere, has become, for me, one of the best feelings in the world.

October 19, 2010

Tin Ears Tuning In: Alex Ross’s Listen to This 2

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Ross’s major passion, as both a critic and fan, is to bridge the gap between how we talk about music and how we feel about music.

October 18, 2010

Sign of the Apocalypse 1

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“The newest for-real book section at Barnes & Noble” (via reddit)

October 18, 2010

Zadie Smith on Charity 0

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“But money is not neutral; it changes everything, including the ability to neutrally judge what people will or will not do for it.” Zadie Smith has a short essay in the New Yorker on the trials of lending money to a friend.

October 18, 2010

The Graphic Novel Warhorses 0

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Alexander Chee posts the list of texts he used to teach his seminar on the graphic novel at Amherst – the graphic novel “warhorses,” as he calls them – and explains why they are the essential books for those interested in getting to know the form. (via The Rumpus)