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December 16, 2008

A Year in Reading: Kyle Minor 2

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Kyle Minor is the author of In the Devil’s Territory, a collection of short stories. His recent work appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, Surreal South, and Random House’s Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers anthology. Five books that knocked the top of my head off in 2008: 1. Knockemstiff, by Donald Ray Pollock – […]

December 16, 2008

From the Newsstand: David Foster Wallace’s Philosophical Investigations 0

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Don’t let the lame title fool you – James Ryerson’s Times Magazine essay on David Foster Wallace’s early philosophical writings is a valuable step toward understanding both the novelist and the intellectual situation in which he found himself. Most substantially, Ryerson’s reading of Wallace’s senior thesis reveals a writer concerned not with language qua language, […]

December 16, 2008

A Year in Reading: Brad Gooch 0

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Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biography of Frank O’Hara, City Poet, as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. His biogrpahy of […]

December 16, 2008

A Year in Reading: Mark Sarvas 0

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Mark Sarvas’s debut novel Harry, Revised, compared by the Chicago Tribune to Updike and Roth, has been sold in more than a dozen countries. He is also the host of internationally renowned litblog The Elegant Variation, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in The New York Times Book […]

December 15, 2008

Manners and Morals in The Death of Ivan Ilych 2

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The next time you have an hour to read, devote it to Leo Tolstoy’s novella, The Death of Ivan Ilych. It is a brisk and deeply subversive critique of 19th-century Russian society, and Tolstoy states his case with an elegant sensitivity to the theatrics of social life and a breathtaking sweep of moral judgment. Ivan […]

December 15, 2008

A Year in Reading: Anne Landsman 2

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Anne Landsman is the author of the novels, The Rowing Lesson and The Devil’s Chimney, which were nominated for awards including the PEN/Hemingway and South Africa’s most prestigious literary award, the M-Net Book Prize. The Rowing Lesson was recently named to the Financial Times’s Best Fiction of 2008 list. She has written for numerous international […]

December 15, 2008

A Year in Reading: Lorraine López 1

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Lorraine López is an Assistant Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She won the 2003 Independent Publishers Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, awarded by the Jenkins Group, for Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories. The same work also won the 2003 Latino Book Award for Short […]

December 15, 2008

A Year in Reading: Seth Lerer 1

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Seth Lerer is one of the nation’s foremost scholars of medieval literature and culture and a distinguished professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His books include Chaucer and His Readers, Boethius and Dialogue, Error and the Academic Self: The Scholarly Imagination, Medieval to Modern, Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language, […]

December 15, 2008

A Year in Reading: Sana Krasikov 0

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Sana Krasikov is the author of the short story collection One More Year Sea of Poppies by Ami-tav Ghosh. I was reading my nephew The Neverending Story when I picked up Sea of Poppies. In some ways it’s exactly that sort of adventure book for adults. It opens on the eve of the British “Opium […]

December 14, 2008

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 4

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Millions contributor Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of the novella A Field Guide to the North American Family and is a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in fiction. This year, his work appeared in the anthologies Best New American Voices and Best of the Web. When it comes to books, I’m […]