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June 24, 2015

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In 1979, William Gaddis taught a course at Bard College on “The Literature of Failure,” examining works that somehow focused on personal failure or insufficiency. These included, among other books, Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays, as well as Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. In Bookforum, Casey Michael Henry takes […]

June 24, 2015

Dynamite Detroit Debut: On Angela Flournoy’s ‘The Turner House’ 0

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There are many sentences in The Turner House that nail a sense of place with a precision long-time Detroiters like Elmore Leonard or Donald Goines would have envied.

June 23, 2015

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As titles go, it’s hard to get more straightforward than England and Other Stories, the new collection by Graham Swift. In the Times, Michiko Kakutani provides her verdict, lauding Swift for his ability to paint “vistas as panoramic as those in the stories of Alice Munro.”

June 23, 2015

Book Learnin’ 0

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“This is the first time that the college has embarked on such a robust process for measuring Core Educational Competency In Reading Things In Books And Writing About Them, and we really can’t do it without your mandated participation. We have devised this rubric in consultation with the Office of Institutional Research About the Institution, […]

June 23, 2015

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Cookbooks, in general, are resistant to close reading, if only because their authors are barely present in the text, if at all. Yet sometimes we can discern a personality through the measurements and shopping lists. At Page-Turner, Kathleen Alcott reads the cookbooks of Nigel Slater. Pair with our own Hannah Gersen on reading cookbooks as […]

June 23, 2015

It’s an Honor 0

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As a tribute to James Salter, who died on Friday at ninety, The Paris Review Daily republished his acceptance speech for their Hadada Prize, back in 2011. In the speech, Salter touches on George Plimpton, Barnes and Noble and his novel A Sport and a Pastime. You could also read our interview with the author.

June 23, 2015

Tuesday New Release Day: Fowler; Kundera; Swyler; George; Arango; Khalastchi; Makkai 0

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Out this week: Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler; The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera; The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George; The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango; Tradition by Daniel Khalastchi; and Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai. For more on these and other […]

June 23, 2015

What Doesn’t Matter: On Milan Kundera’s ‘The Festival of Insignificance’ 2

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Kundera doesn’t deliver. Instead of exploring what brought these men together and makes their relationship work, he focuses instead on those relationships that hold no significance. In its own twisted logic, the novel asserts that the insignificant is actually significant and worthy of its own narrative.

June 22, 2015

Uber Nichts 0

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George Bernard Shaw had a strange relationship with Nietzsche. Alternately envious and dismissive of the German philosopher, Shaw once said he wanted to be an intellectual in Nietzsche’s mold, though he also felt Nietzsche’s thinking was addled and self-absorbed. In an essay for The New Statesman, Michael Holroyd tries to make sense of Shaw’s views.

June 22, 2015

Baconian 0

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Recommended Viewing: Peter Witte’s drawings that explain his problem with bacon.