A groundbreaking study by Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. read more
At 75 titles, World Literature Today's Notable Translations 2013-list is certainly... generous. (Recall that the Three Percent Translation Database finds a total of only 419 works of fiction and poetry translated into English and published...Show More Summary
As noted at The Millions, the English translation of Murakami Haruki's ????????????????????, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage (translated by Philip Gabriel) now has a US publication date: the Alfred A. Knopf publicity...Show More Summary
Here are two seemingly unrelated facts: Some songbirds can sing without learning the song from other birds, while other songbirds need to hear the song first. A long series of random numbers can be uniquely identified by just the first...
James M. Cain's The Butterfly certainly isn't his best, and probably remains best-known now for that notorious film version (the Pia Zadora vehicle... enough said), but BBC4 have been having a James M. Cain series, and they re-worked this one too. Their radio play-version is freely accessible at the site for a few more days (and less than an hour long).
To my embarrassment, I was completely unfamiliar with the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award --: an annual award given by the Tulsa Library Trust. Its purpose is to give formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community,...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Markus Werner's 1984 novel, Zündel's Exit, now available in English from Dalkey Archive Press, in a translation by Michael Hofmann. (I guess Werner is slowly catching on...Show More Summary
Could this (or something like it): Have inspired this?: Lukas Nickel, of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, believes that recently translated ancient texts indicate that large statues began to appear in the western-most portions … Continue reading ?
In The Korea Times Chung Ah-young reports that Korean author joins top French literary series, as some of Lee Seung-u's work -- quite a bit of which has been translated into French -- has now appeared in Gallimard's pocket-book Folio-series;...Show More Summary
I’m talking about the two chuckleheads that vandalized the Great Pyramid in order to promote their conspiracy theory about the pyramids being some 10,000 years older than currently believed. Dominique Goerlitz and author Stefan Erdmann have been working on something … Continue reading ?
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nobel laureate Patrick White's first novel, Happy Valley. Much of White's work has long been out of print (especially in the US), but this is a title whose unavailability...Show More Summary
One of my most popular articles on this blog is the one about Nitrogen-Filled Tires that I wrote back in 2008. I noticed a blog post linking here in response to it “A Rebuttal to Nitrogen Tire Inflation Scams and … Continue reading ...
In The New York Times Charles McGrath writes about his experiences as a judge for the fiction category of this year's (American) National Book Award, in Caution: Reading Can Be Hazardous. He reveals that there were 407 entries (though...Show More Summary
It's Nobel ceremony time, and although literature laureate Alice Munro can't attend all the festivities, she videotaped a Nobel lecture which they will be screening at 17:30 CET today; see information here -- streaming, and a transcript, should be available around that time on the Nobel site.
They've announced the winners of this year's Indian Crossword Book Awards (but, well, you know... as my sadly tireless refrain has it: not at the official site, last I checked...). See, for example, the Times of India report for theShow More Summary
The film version of Pascal Mercier's Night Train to Lisbon, directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons and Lena Olin -- see also the official site --, has now opened in the US. Reviews suggest it's not really gripping -- review-headlines...Show More Summary
It'll still be a while before this comes together as any sort of proper review, but preliminary coverage of the incredible new translation of Giacomo Leopardi's Zibaldone -- one of the publishing-events of the year -- is now up, with...Show More Summary
At Prospect David Wolf continues his interesting 'Critical thinking'-series of Q & As 'about the art of criticism' -- this time with Daniel Mendelsohn. As readers might recall, just three weeks ago I took issue, at some length, withShow More Summary
Mark Swofford sent me the following photograph of two snack stands taken on September 8 on a mountain in Tucheng, Taiwan — somewhere around here: Conspicuous even to those who do not read Chinese are the two symbols that are smack dab in the center of the top line of the writing on both stands: […]
Le Monde has a pretty fantastic French literary prize graphic, considering: Littérature: les éditeurs qui raflent tous les prix showing which publishers have won the big prizes over the course of the last 110 years. Well worth bookmarking.