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The Hole review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Pyun Hye-Young's The Hole, just out in English from Arcade. The story out of which this novel developed, Caring for Plants, was recently published in The New Yorker -- usually...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- Theft alert: four signed books were stolen from Bloomington, IN.- The AHA posted a quick update on congressional budget actions taken last week regarding cultural heritage programs. It's good news so far, but we must keep the pressure...Show More Summary

Against Academic Conferences

There's a lot I love about academia — more than I dislike, or I wouldn't be about to start my 5th year toward a PhD — but it is an often vexing world, particularly to those of us who've spent a lot of time outside it. If you've never...Show More Summary

'Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries'

This has been making the rounds in recent days, and the 'infographic' at Global English Editing, The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World, is closer to hit than miss than most of these kinds of exercises. 'Set in'Show More Summary

Zubaan Books profile

They recently announced that this year's Goethe Medals would go to Emily Nasrallah, Irina Shcherbakova, and Zubaan-publisher Urvashi Butalia. At Urvashi Bahuguna has a Q & A with the publisher, in which she explains What winning...Show More Summary

On Writing at the Movie Theater

I covet the space of the in-between. This is why I see so many movies in the theater. The movie theater is a liminal space, situated between the darkened fantasy… Continue reading ?

Love in the Time of Disconnect(ing)

  You might get out through all the waves and rocks Into the middle of the poem to touch them But when you’ve tried the blessed water long Enough to… Continue reading ?

Children's literature in ... Tamil

In The Hindu Suganthy Krishnamachari wonders Whither children's literature in Tamil ? -- as apparently the 'dull present' can't compare with a 'happy past'.....

Asl? Erdo?an Q & A

At Deutsche Welle Ceyda Nurtsch has a Q & A with one of the many writers jailed in the recent government crackdown, The City in Crimson Cloak-author Asl? Erdo?an. Now free, she notes: "my soul is still in prison".

Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

As every literary prize should -- so that you know what titles are actually being considered/in the running, the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation admirably lists all the entries for each year's prize -- so also...Show More Summary

The Adventures of John Blake review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Philip Pullman's first foray into 'graphic' (novel) fiction, with illustrator Fred Fordham, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship. This was reviewed -- enthusiastically -- in The New York Times Book Review and even the Times Literary Supplement. I was less impressed.....


How did you come to the idea for your book, Conflict Resolutions for Holy Beings, that humans were made from a mistake—in that some have forgotten how to be human… Continue reading ?

Eating the World

Parenting literature says that we should read to our newborns from the very beginning. Exposure to music is also supposed to support cognitive development, even in the womb, but I… Continue reading ?

Japanese literary prizes

They've handed out the Akutagawa and Naoki prizes again, as they do every six months, and, as Daisuke Kikuchi reports in The Japan Times, First-time writer awarded prestigious Akutagawa Prize. That's Numata Shinsuke [????], who won the...Show More Summary

Remains of Life review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Taiwanese author Wu He's Remains of Life, recently out in English from Columbia University Press. It's a significant text; as translator Michael Berry notes in his Introduction: "Upon its publication in Taiwan, the novel won virtually every major national literary award".

“Your Body Includes and Is the Meaning”: Five Hot Lifestyle Tips from Walt Whitman

While being pregnant brought on particular food cravings (doughnuts, the clichéd pickles), having a baby girl out in the world has brought on an unexpected and particular reading craving—Walt Whitman.… Continue reading ?

New Asymptote

The July issue of Asymptote is now available online and, as usual, there's a lot here to keep you busy for the next few days -- "never-before-published writing from 27 countries and 21 languages in one issue". Impressive, top (Karin Boye !) to bottom -- definitely recommended.

Man Booker International Prize judging panel

Yes, Judges announced for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, with Lisa Appignanesi chairing, and Michael Hofmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin, and Helen Oyeyemi making up the rest of the judging panel. The longlist will be announced in March 2018, the shortlist in April, the winner in May. (That's as specific as they've gotten so far.)

Dispatches from the Literary Life

Because it’s summer and it’s slow, and maybe because it just rained here for three days straight and all I want to do right now is go back to reading Made… Continue reading ?

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