Thursday evening Sara Bershtel received the Friedrich Ulfers Prize (awarded to someone: "who has championed the advancement of German-language literature in the United States"). Christoph Hein (Willenbrock, etc.) was to have given the laudatio, but was indisposed, and so Philip Boehm read his translation of Hein's prepared speech -- and Publishing Perspectives now prints it.
Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) has certainly gotten a lot of attention -- but if it gets them talking about (and possibly reading...) Middlemarch one can't really complain. Now The...Show More Summary
In The Guardian Richard Williams profiles the Bonjour Tristesse-author, in François Sagan: 'She did what she wanted' (yeah, you figure they'd have tried to get her name right in the headline, but, well...).
I didn’t travel overseas until I was in my mid-twenties, and so I was slow to grasp what every serious student of art quickly learns: there are two major schools of Impressionism, the French school and the school of whatever countryShow More Summary
They've announced the winner of the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize (though not yet at the official site, last I checked...), with Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka taking the prize; see Jon Stock's report, OttoShow More Summary
The Ghana Literary Prize Foundation site seems to have been up for a couple of years already, but the prize itself still seems to be a work-in-progress -- so it's good to learn more about it now at GhanaWeb, where (the organization's...Show More Summary
The Festival Neue Literatur -- "New Writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S." -- runs today through Sunday in New York, and should be fairly interesting; watch curator Tess Lewis' video welcome and overview here. Only one of the participating author's books is under review at the complete review -- Abbas Khider's The Village Indian.
As a literary biographer, Blake Bailey is a completist. His books on Richard Yates, John Cheever, and Charles Jackson are exhaustively researched, soup-to-nuts narratives—packed with what seems to be every dream, drink, and sexual encounter that each of these men enjoyed or endured (or both) during their troubled lives. Show More Summary
This year Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday, 4th March. Naturally, there is only one thing I should cover in this week’s blog post…Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes! Shrove Tuesday, the religious celebration […]
The March/April issue of World Literature Today is now available, with much of the material available online. Among the areas of focus: 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste and 'Cross-Cultural Humor'. Most important, all the reviews are available, in the World Literature in Review section.
Margaret Atwood's recent 2014 Sebald Lecture, 'Atwood in Translationland' can now be heard in full online, here. (Presumably the video will also soon be available; I'll let you know.)
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Luis Chitarroni's Diary of an Unfinished Novel, The No Variations, published by Dalkey Archive Press (and a nicely typical 'Dalkey'-title -- though I wonder how much confusion the nearly simultaneous publication of A.G.Porta's The No World Concerto caused...).
(Eamon Loingsigh is a New York City novelist who has written articles for Litkicks about Lautreamont, J. D. Salinger and Taylor Mead. His latest work is Light of the Diddicoy, and here's how this novel came to be.) First things first, I have no choice but to write. I am a writer. I write. I made a decision long ago that in my life I will either be a...
One more post on this subject, since it continues to be fascinating to me. One of the other reasons that I’ve concluded the academic life was never going to be my thing is because of the specialization required. Again, Josh Marshall:...Show More Summary
Given Amtrack’s new plan to host writers on its train, I’m feeling a little prophetic. As I say here, I’ve long known the value of trains to the creative process: How fitting that Heidegger links this moment to boredom: it is precisely...Show More Summary
I haven’t read ghostwriter Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s autobiographies of Howard Stern, David Blaine, Kiss drummer Peter Criss, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, so I don’t know if any of those guys, after reading the final manuscript of… Continue reading ?
They've announced the finalists for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in its three categories -- fiction, non, and poetry -- with the category-winners to be announced 30 March and the ($10,000) prize winner announced 26 April.
They've announced the shortlist for the (£30,000) Wellcome Book Prize, awarded: "to the best book of fiction or non-fiction from 2013 which leads on a medical theme". None of these are under review at the complete review, I'm afraid...
At The Guardian's Australia Culture Blog Brigid Delaney considers: Is this a golden age for Australian debut novelists ? The focus on a quick break-through -- a first book that makes a splash -- is a bit troubling, but at least it's a start.
Strange stuff. Very clever. But is there any way to empirically test this hypothesis? Indeed, there may be. In a recent paper, “Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation,” the physicists Silas R. Beane, Zohreh Davoudi and Martin J. Show More Summary