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Embracing Failure in a City of Champions

On the day Cleveland celebrated the Cavaliers bringing home a championship for the first time in half a century, I stood at the windows on the third floor of the Cleveland Public Library and watched the crowds swarm. There in… Continue reading ?

Books are back ... in Japan ?

Kyodo News report that Books outsell mags at major Japan distributor for 1st time in 32 yrs -- in no small part due to the success of Matayoshi Naoki's Akutagawa Prize-winner, ?? (see also the J'Lit information page) -- as predictedShow More Summary

Getting ready for the rentrée littéraire

The French now also allow for a mini-rentrée in the winter, at the beginning of the year, but the real flood of books comes late August, with the traditional 'rentrée littéraire', when publishers bring out all their biggest fiction titles...Show More Summary

2017 Man Booker International Prize judges

They've announced the judges for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-successor Man Booker International Prize, 2017, and it looks like a decent mix: the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (Nick Barley) is chair,Show More Summary

Europese Literatuurprijs

They've announced that this year's Europese Literatuurprijs -- a Dutch prize for the best novel originally written in a European language published in Dutch translation -- goes to the translation of Terre rare, by Sandro Veronesi --Show More Summary

Tim Parks Q & A

At the Los Angeles Review of Books Jonathan J. Clarke has a Q & A with translator and novelist Tim Parks. Lots of interesting observations -- including the differing receptions of his own work: The reception does vary country by country. In...Show More Summary

For All the Gold in the World review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Massimo Carlotto's For All the Gold in the World, just about out from Europa Editions.

St Andrews Photography Festival: The Weighing Machine (Franki Raffles, 1989)

This is the third post in a weekly series highlighting images featuring at the upcoming St Andrews Photography Festival, 1 August – 11 September 2016 [https://www.facebook.com/StAndPhotoFest] Soviet Russia, 1989: a […]

Hurry up and Wait: On Waiting and Loneliness

Hurry up and wait is my favorite baseball expression, and it’s one that, of course, doesn’t pertain only to our nation’s pastime. (Something to ponder: Is baseball still considered America’s national pastime? I’m not sure anymore. Perhaps the years went… Continue reading ?

The Kangas of the World

My five-year-old daughter and I have been reading Winnie-the-Pooh this week. In the seventh chapter, the nativist Rabbit tries to drive out recent arrivals Kanga and Roo by kidnapping Roo and then blackmailing Kanga into leaving the Forest. (“That’s not… Continue reading ?

Rest-of-2016 book preview

At The Millions they have their Second-Half 2016 Book Preview -- 92 up-coming titles presented in some 9,000 words. A decent range, though leaning towards the 'big'(-publisher) titles; I'd strongly urge you to also check out lists such...Show More Summary

African SFF

This looks promising: at Tor.com Geoff Ryman is introducing (roughly) '100 African Writers of SFF' (science fiction and fantasy, "in its broadest sense"), and starts things off with an introductory post and Part One: Nairobi.

Fiction in translation

The Man Booker International Prize site has posted a fascinating piece by 2016 judge David Bellos, in which he: 'examines the geographic distribution of submissions for this year's prize, revealing the predominance of European entries'. While...Show More Summary

Perumal Murugan ruling

Good to see that, as for example the BBC reports, Perumal Murugan:Indian court drops charges against author, as the: "high court in Chennai (Madras) threw out a slew of petitions demanding that Perumal Murugan be prosecuted". At Scroll.in they have extensive excerpts from the ruling -- which sounds very sensible.

Cynthia Ozick Q & A

Another day, another Cynthia Ozick Q & A -- this time with Boris Kachka, at New York's Vulture site. While I think it's fine for writers to just stop writing -- far too many people don't, after all -- I do like her reaction to the question of retirement:

The Other Side review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alfred Kubin's classic, The Other Side. Interesting aside: in 1965 the Italian translation of this was the first volume in the grand -- and still going strong, fifty years later -- Biblioteca Adelphi -- about which you can also read in publisher Roberto Calasso's The Art of the Publisher.

First Person Plural: Part V (Genealogy)

Over the course of multiple posts, I’ve focused on poems that explore the first person plural – “we.” Most recently, I looked at Camille Rankine’s poem “Genealogy,” a poem that, though it doesn’t explicitly use the pronoun “we,” functions powerfully as… Continue reading ?

The Skin by Curzio Malaparte

As a friend of mine put it recently, I can’t exactly say I “enjoyed” The Skin by Curzio Malaparte, even though I recognize the genius. Although I would say the following words in conjunction with it: disturbed, fascinated, moved, revolted, admired. I laughed at times. It was never dull. I hope to write a little Continue Reading

The Covers That Weren't

original image by Joseph Maclise In the Weird Fiction Review conversation I had with Eric Schaller, Eric asked me to talk a bit about designing the cover of Blood: Stories, and in my recent WROTE Podcast conversation, I mentioned anShow More Summary

Doubling the Rejection Goal: How I Received 215 Rejections in 2015

Kim Liao makes the case for racking up literary rejections in “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections This Year,” an essay that is near and dear to my own rejected little heart. Liao writes: “I don’t flinch (much) when… Continue reading ?

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