In the Hindustan Times Manoj Sharma reports that Young turks re-inventing Hindi literature (and, yes, I'm as disappointed as you are that they're young turks, not young Turks). So, for example: [Divya Prakash Dubey] belongs to a newShow More Summary
They've announced -- at least via 'tweet', if not yet at the official site, last I checked -- that We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo has been awarded the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature -- a prize for: "writers of African...Show More Summary
- That theft case from Vermont I mentioned last week took a surprising turn: Patrick J. Rooney, the accused thief, was found dead in his apartment; the death is being considered a suicide.- There's a new website to highlight all theShow More Summary
As readers, we have certain lines (or stanzas, or paragraphs) that we can’t get out of our heads. Maybe it’s just a phrase: Dickinson’s “Buccaneers of Buzz,” Larkin’s “not untrue and not unkind.” In Nicholson Baker’s The Anthologist, the narrator… Continue reading ?
At ChinaFile Zhang Xiaoran has a Q & A with Yu Hua, Stranger Than Fiction. He notes: I may write surrealist and absurdist novels, but that's because of the increasingly pervasive absurdity of Chinese society. But I'm still a realist writer.
Bookslut has started the Daphne Awards, seeking to honor the best books of the year -- from fifty years ago -- in four categories (fiction, non, poetry and kid's stuff), and they've now announced the shortlists for the first go-round. Counting...Show More Summary
Last weekend I suggested that we attempt the exercise of visualizing global conflicts as Sudoku puzzles, and explained some of the basic techniques typically used to solve these puzzles. I then got a bit carried away discussing the difference between Sudoku and KenKen puzzles, and how some KenKen techniques could also be applied. Show More Summary
It occurred to me only recently that I have a revealing habit: when I am under a lot of stress, I find myself doing Sudoku puzzles. I suppose what I crave is the reward of completion, and the illusion (it is only an illusion, I'm sure) that I am a successful problem-solver. Show More Summary
My friend Vishy gave me A Chinese Garden of Serenity for Christmas. It was such a nice surprise to open the package from India and see this book, because it showed so much thought. Vishy had seen my posts on the Tao Te Ching and the meditation retreat, and thought I’d like this book. He was […]
Caitlin Flanagan’s excellent piece about college fraternities, in The Atlantic, opens as you might expect: with a scene that combines youthful gusto and unbelievable drunken stupidity, as an Alpha Tau Omega brother decides to “shove a bottle rocket up his ass and blast it into the sweet night air.” But the rest of the article is surprising. Show More Summary
At Words without Borders' Dispatches weblog Nathalie Handal has a Q & A, The City and the Writer: In Havana with Leonardo Padura, and he's also featured in this week's Financial Times 'Small Talk'-column. Quite a few Padura titles are...Show More Summary
At Stanford they have a Center for Ethics in Society, and there they recently held an event considering that age-old question, Does Reading Literature Make You More Moral ?. At the Stanford Report Justin Tackett now reports on the proceedings,...Show More Summary
Like the other judges for the Best Translated Book Award, I am preparing to vote for the longlist (we begin voting 1 March; the longlist of twenty-five titles will be announced 11 March). We've been writing posts about the whole judging...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jacques Poulin's nice little novel, Translation is a Love Affair, which Archipelago Books brought out back in 2009. (Yes, they sent me a review copy back then; yes, it's taken me until now to get to it, more than 1600 days later; that's just how things work (or don't) around here sometimes.)
The novel was terrible, which means the movie will be great. Berlin — Mike Tyson is in talks to star as the ax murderer in Werner Herzog’s adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker prize-winning coming-of-age novel Vernon God Little.
Hyperobjects by Timothy Morton sounds fascinating, insofar as I think I understand Stephen Muecke’s review of it. The pressing reality of hyperobjects now has the effect of destroying this critical distance, of making it impossible to...Show More Summary
I’m a pretty skeptical dude, but seems like this has the potential to actually make a big difference. And you really have to hand it to Patterson for putting his money where his mouth is. Good for him. The best-selling author James Patterson...Show More Summary
The whole thing is now online. I get what Dyer is saying here, but I don’t quite agree. As someone who’s read his fiction and his nonfiction, I feel like there’s a pretty clear difference between the two, and I like the latter much more than the former. Show More Summary
The fifth issue of 600 Years of Book Collecting will be available for sale from the Main Library next Wednesday, the 26th of February. This issue, the second of this semester, looks […]
At the Virginia Quarterly Review translator-from-the-Italian Antony Shugaar writes about Loss, Betrayal, and Inaccuracy: A Translator's Handbook. Quite a few interesting observations -- though I wonder whether all translators agree with,...Show More Summary