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I'm more likely than usual to have missed relevant links this week, since I had the great pleasure of taking a Rare Book School course (The History of European & American Papermaking, taught by Tim Barrett and John Bidwell), and was thus paying less attention than usual to whatever was crossing the transom. Show More Summary

Science fiction in ... Japan

In The Japan Times Iain Maloney profiles Japanese science fiction writer Fujii Taiyo, in The new face of Japanese sci-fi chases an augmented world. His Gene Mapper is just out from Haikasoru; I haven't seen it yet, but hope to have a...Show More Summary

Oksanen on European Finlandization

At Eurozine they publish Sofi Oksanen 'On the Finlandization of Europe', A lion in a cage, based on a speech she recently delivered at a conference in Latvia. Oksanen's Purge and the just-published-in-English When the Doves Disappeared...Show More Summary

Conjuring the Beat Generation: Gerd Stern and the Cassady Kin

One of the exciting things about the Beat Museum's Beatnik Shindig which is happening next weekend in San Francisco is the activity it's stirring up. The photo above, which has never been published before, shows a gang of unknown beatniks...Show More Summary

The Dylanologists by David Kinney

So when you ask some of your questions, you're asking them to a person who's long dead. You're asking them to a person that doesn't exist. But people make that mistake about me all the time. —Bob Dylan, 2012If you've ever spent any time around any sort of fan community, most of the people you meet in The Dylanologists will be familiar types. Show More Summary

Oxford Professor of Poetry

Oxford cleverly has contenders compete for its Professor of Poetry position -- every five years, nowadays -- making for a lot of press coverage and public debate; it makes you wonder why universities don't do this with more positions. (Also...Show More Summary

Science fiction (not) in ... Burma

Zon Pann Pwint reports in The Myanmar Times that 'critics agree that finding a good Myanmar writer of science fiction is pretty much a hunt for The Invisible Man', in Ray guns and robots a light-year too far for Myanmar writers. TheShow More Summary

PEN Translates award

English PEN have announced the latest set of 'PEN Translates award' winners; see the full list at PEN Translates spells more support for independent publishers (as they've now upped the turnover threshold, making some larger publishers...Show More Summary

The Strange Beauty of Book 4

Elaine Blair has a worthwhile essay on My Struggle in the current NYRB. The essay covers some topics that I haven’t really seen a ton of attention given to so far in the writing about My Struggle, mostly to do with the way the books process time and Knausgaard’s love of portraying minutia in them. Continue Reading

Reading the Collections, Week 20: Dame Wiggins of Lee, and her seven wonderful cats

Those who know of John Ruskin (1819-1900) as Victorian Britain’s preeminent art critic and author of titles such as The Stones of Venice, Modern Painters and The Seven Lamps of […]

Jean Vautrin (1933-2015)

Jean Vautrin (who also worked under his real name, Jean Herman) won the prix Goncourt (1989) and, aside from his fiction -- especially his thrillers -- was also a successful film director (hey, Farewell, Friend (1968) co-starred Alain...Show More Summary

Translation in ... India

Not really a surprising conclusion, but always good to see some awareness and discussion, as IANS reports Translations boosts reach for regional literature. And I appreciate the translators'... forthrightness, even if it sends slightly...Show More Summary

The Thought House of Philippa review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Suzanne Leblanc's The Thought House of Philippa, just out in English from BookThug. This novel is inspired/framed by the Wittgenstein house; among the surprisingly popular books (as measured by how many people purchase it via the Amazon links) at this site is (or was.... Show More Summary

Teach This (Part II)

Yesterday afternoon, I hit “Publish” on a blog post reflecting on widely anthologized and widely taught poems. My intention was not to criticize those poems (there are many good reasons they’re taught and anthologized), but to draw attention to alternative… Continue reading ?

Larkin, Cornered

On a day that could use some (possibly) bright news, there’s this: Philip Larkin will be getting a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. He’ll be in fine company: Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens have graves at the site,… Continue reading ?

Rhodesia and American Paramilitary Culture

When the suspect in the attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina was identified, the authorities circulated a photograph of him wearing a jacket adorned with the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and post-UDI Rhodesia.The symbolism isn't subtle. Show More Summary

“A complete victory gained with great bloodshed”

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, when the British under the Duke of Wellington and their allies from the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau, joined with […]

Prémio Camões

The Prémio Camões is the biggest Portuguese-language author prize (like the Premio Cervantes for Spanish-writing authors), and they've announced that Hélia Correia has won this year's €100,000 prize; see, for example, the report in Público. Apparently none of her work has been translated into English yet.....

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

They've announced that Harvest, by Jim Crace, has won this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (also worth €100,000). The only Crace title under review at the complete review is Six (published in the US as Genesis); get your copy of Harvest at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour - 2017

'Guest of Honour'-status at the Frankfurt Book Fair is usually a pretty big deal and, at the least, means a flood of books in translation from the country at the center of things (think Turkey, South Korea, and Iceland, in recent years). This...Show More Summary

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