Bottom of boat covered with ice. The ice next the shore bore me and my boat.
The Bay Psalm Book has just sold at Sotheby's New York for a hammer price of $12.5 million, a new record price for a printed book but well below the estimate of $15-30 million.Total price, including buyer's premium, will be $14,165,000. This post will be updated with information on the buyer as it becomes available. Watch this space.Previous Bay Psalm Book-related posts.
My review of Marías’s latest, at The American Reader. Didn’t like this one as much as some of his previous books. Still, Mr. Marías should not be expected to out-James James, for he has developed his own form of literature with its own peculiar aims and successes. Show More Summary
Maggie Nelson (author of the excellent Bluets) just had her latest book acquired by Graywolf. Great news, & wonderful that Ethan Nosowsky will be editing it. Major Acquisition News Alert! We’ll be publishing Maggie Nelson’s next book!...Show More Summary
Solid piece on Russian outsider outsider outsider writer Leonid Tsypkin in the current New York Review. Kinda amazing something this good can be in the same issue as that Zadie Smith thing on Knausgaard. During these years, Tsypkin’s interest in the life and writings of Dostoevsky became obsessive. Show More Summary
“Roadkill” comes from a series of stories you’re writing, which are told from the point of view of a taxi driver working in Sri Lanka in the years after the end of the civil war. What made you want to write about this place and time?...Show More Summary
This year's Boston Book Fair certainly appeared to be a resounding success, and it was a real pleasure to have the chance to see so many friends and readers of the blog while enjoying the great variety of books on offer at the Fair.Show More Summary
Every once in a while, a pacifist blogger gets to yell "stop the presses". There was a Philosophy Weekend blog post all ready to go up this morning -- till I heard that the United States of America, Britain, China, Russia, Germany, France...Show More Summary
Hmmm, maybe times really are a'changing, along with the regime ? First Deal Reached With Iran Halts Its Nuclear Program, and now, in really big news, the Tehran Times reports that Culture Ministry mulling publication of The Colonel in...Show More Summary
They held the biggest Iranian literary awards -- and, as IBNA reports, No Winner Announced for Jalal Ale Ahmad Award. Yes: The award had no winners in any of its sections; however several works have been announced as praiseworthy work If this all sounds familiar... Show More Summary
In Tech tinker in the Mumbai Mirror Chandrima Pal profiles Sacred Games-author Vikram Chandra -- discussing his interesting-sounding new book, Mirrored Mind: My Life in Letters and Code. I can't find a US or UK listing yet, but see the Penguin India publicity page or get your copy from Flipkart; I'd love to see this eventually.
Slightly better than the usual newspaper best-of-the-year lists are the ones where authors, literary critics and the like offer their picks. The Millions does a nice, big 'A Year in Reading'-round-up (see last year's) -- except thatShow More Summary
I have a peculiar mystical inkling about language, or rather about languages in the same language group or family, which is that there are no coincidences. Translingual synapses form, often in farflung and aleatory-seeming ways, but they often make… Continue reading ?
Why sit down and read quietly? Is this really the only way, or even the best way, to experience language? The three central works of Western literature were never, and are not today, read front to back in the manner… Continue readin...
The Hay Festival Dhaka ended more than a week ago, but there are still some interesting reports coming out of it -- including on the panel with Eliot Weinberger and Pankaj Mishra that debated: 'Is There a World Literature ?' -- see,Show More Summary
I have relatively little patience for and interest in the flood of best-books-of-the-year lists that has started, but they're near-unavoidable, and one can't really help coming across them. They also offer surprises -- not of the sort:...Show More Summary
They actually announced the Winners of 44th Modern Korean Literature Translation Awards several weeks ago, but only now does The Korean Times follow up with The Judges' Report (2013) -- which notes both disappointment that: " only 23...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Eugen Ruge's 2011 German Book Prize-winning (East) German family saga, In Times of Fading Light.
Cynthia Ozick, the acclaimed novelist and essayist, wrote her first short story for The New Yorker in 1977, and she has contributed twenty-two pieces to the magazine since then. A nimble stylist, Ozick has written stories and critical essays on subjects as varied as Franz Kafka, the Holocaust, Monica Lewinsky, T. Show More Summary
I’m a big Kobo Abe fan, so I’m intrigued to see The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo. From the publisher: Featuring twelve essays from his prolific career—including “Poetry and Poets (Consciousness and the Unconscious),” written in...Show More Summary