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Elena Ferrante

A few months ago when Knausgaard fever was sweeping these States, I saw some people promulgating the argument that if a woman had done what Knausgaard did, no one would have cared. Or even worse, she would be derided as self-indulgent and banal. Show More Summary

Ahh, the Memories

Just reminiscing, but now that we’re talking about Mitchell it seems relevant to share the time I watched the Cloud Atlas movie somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean en route from Istanbul. It was roughly the 20th hour of one of the longest, most wearying aviation experiences of my life, and I needed something. Show More Summary

A Horrified And Sympathetic Response To Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent

So I’ve got a little something in the latest issue of Drunken Boat. If you’ll indulge me in some meta commentary, the origin of this essay is a little interesting (at least to me). I’m a fan of Michael Haneke’s films, and eventually I got to his film The Seventh Continent. Show More Summary

French prize-longlists

Literary-prize season heats up in France now, too, as the two biggest prizes announced their longlists this week: the prix Renaudot on Tuesday, the prix Goncourt yesterday. The Renaudot doesn't even seem to have any sort of officialShow More Summary

Even more Murakami !

Just a few days ago I mentioned that a new Murakami Haruki -- The Strange Library -- will be published later this year. Now comes word that, as Dianna Dilworth reports at GalleyCat, Haruki Murakami's First Two Novels Are Coming in New...Show More Summary

Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists

They've announced the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists, in fiction and non. "The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding"; the only one of these I've read is In the...Show More Summary

Janus Pannonius költészeti nagydíj

PEN Hungary's Janus Pannonius költészeti nagydíj -- their big international poetry prize -- was awarded this year to both Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy (doubling down for credibility after the Lawrence Ferlinghetti debacle of two years ago ?); see the hlo report, report (since the PEN Hungary site isn't quite up to date...).

The Front Seat Passenger review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Pascal Garnier's The Front Seat Passenger -- the fourth Garnier title Gallic Books has brought out in the US this year, with one more to come..... (They're two ahead inShow More Summary

Mark Gatiss M.R. James Shows Available

Quick note since I know at least a few others who follow this blog are fans of M.R. James: I discovered yesterday, to my utter delight, that Mark Gatiss' adaptation of "The Tractate Middoth" and his documentary "M.R. James: Ghost Writer" (both of which aired last Christmas in the UK) are currently available on YouTube. Show More Summary

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 44: The Art of Horsemanship

For my last post I wanted to recreate something that I had a particularly keen interest in…horse riding. Having ridden since the age of 10 it seemed like a natural […]

Nobel Prize odds speculation

Five weeks and counting, that seems the best bet as to when they'll announce this year's Nobel Prize in Literature; "The date will be set later" is the official stand (and will be until the week of the announcement), but with the rest...Show More Summary

Three Light-Years review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Andrea Canobbio's recent novel, Three Light-Years.

A potential novel: In the Wolf’s Mouth by Adam Foulds

Reading Adam Foulds’s new novel In the Wolf’s Mouth, I was reminded of literary movements like Oulipo, which explored the concept of ‘potential literature’. Don’t get me wrong: it’s not that the novel is particularly experimental. It’s the ‘potential’ aspect that stuck in my head. In the world of Oulipo and others, the emphasis was more […]

Ken Kesey in 2014: Furthur Goes To Brooklyn

If you're on the east coast of the USA these days, you might catch a painted bus called Furthur running up and down the seaboard. This colorful vehicle is named after the original Furthur that took novelist Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Ken Babbs and the rest of the Merry Pranksters across the country on a famous road trip 50 years ago. Show More Summary

The Strange Library

I don’t really know why, but a new book from Haruki Murakami always seems to have a bit of that wow factor, even though I’ve pretty much had my moment with Murakami’s work. Not that I wouldn’t get to these eventually, just that he’s not really the guy I’m aching to read, and hasn’t been for some time. Show More Summary


Part III of Henry Noltie’s trip through the Western Himalayas: Sent 2nd September 2014 In a very rainy McLeod Ganj (which would better known as McLeod Grunge), named after Donald […]

Translation Lunch Series

The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University has a great Translation Lunch Series each semester, and the first part of the fall schedule is now up. Beginning with Thomas Hare on "Prolegomena to a Graphic Translation of 'Sinuhe'" (15 September, at noon) -- well, come on, how can you go wrong ?

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