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Blog Post Archive

After nearly eleven years, it may be time to call it quits

The days and nights are like blurs now. Strange to realize that I only posted once in March and barely a handful of times in February. I have read only a handful of books over the past two months and I forgot to log what I had read even then. Show More Summary

When "101" just doesn't cut it anymore

Most students who've attended an American university have experience with an "101": an introductory survey to a discipline that is meant to provide a broad parameter of that discipline's general features. As a survey course, it focuses much more on a bigger picture than it does on exploring any particular detail in course. Show More Summary

Jean Toomer, Cane

Men had always wanted her, this Karintha, even as a child, Karintha carrying beauty, perfect as dusk when the sun goes down. Old men rode her hobby-horse upon their knees. Young men danced with her at frolics when they should have been dancing with their grown-up girls. Show More Summary

William Faulkner, The Hamlet

He had quite possibly been a foreigner, though not necessarily French, since to the people who had come after him and had almost obliterated all trace of his sojourn, anyone speaking the tongue with a foreign flavor or whose appearance...Show More Summary

Brief thoughts on the Nebula shortlists

So the latest installment of the Nebula Awards shortlists have now been released. It's a list, yes, but as a reader of all sorts of fictions, it is a disappointing list, one that (especially in the novel category, but to some degree in other categories) still gives off that faint miasmic whiff of logrolling and "political" blocs. Show More Summary

Jack London, The Call of the Wild

During the four years since his puppyhood he [Buck] had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation. But he had saved himself by not becoming a mere pampered house-dog. Show More Summary

William Wells Brown, Clotel, or the President's Daughter

It was late in the day, when the greatest number of persons were thought to be present, that Currer and her daughters were brought forward to the place of sale. Currer was first ordered to ascend the auction stand, which she did with a trembling step. Show More Summary

January 2015 Reads

This won't take long, as this past month's reads ties for the least amount read over the past half-decade or so. This month is not shaping up to be any better. Oh, I'm reading, here and there, but I'm purposely limiting the time I spend reading as I have other things I'm gearing up to be working on. Show More Summary

Testing canons or the constant restructuring of literary corpora

For a long while now, I have considered the issue of literature and its places and uses in contemporary society. It was a secondary interest of mine when I was in graduate school (the primary being cultural religious concepts in practice...Show More Summary

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day

Be sure to take the time today to appreciate one of nature's most engaging creatures. Alas, I'll be spending most of the day again in bed, but I did at least get the chance to watch and appreciate one of the many fine squirrels on the property. And yes, they are watching...

One of my reviews has been translated and printed in a newspaper's literary supplement section.

Last week, I wrote a review of Serbian writer Zoran Živkovi?'s 1998 novella, The Writer. Živkovi? liked it so much that he asked if I wouldn't mind if it were translated and submitted to the literary supplement section of the Belgrade newspaper Politika. Show More Summary

New Reading Poll

This one lists the e-ARC releases (and two print books) for upcoming releases (and one recently released) books that I likely shall be reviewing in the next few weeks. Will be taking reader votes in consideration when choosing which book to read/review next. Show More Summary

Zoran Živkovi?, Pisac/The Writer

Uklju?io sam kompjuter. Prethodno sam, naravno, spustio roletnu. Bio je to deo jutarnjeg rituala, koji je imao prakti?nog smisla za vedrih dana, kakav je bio ovaj, ali ne i onda kada bi bilo obla?no. Svejedno, ja sam je i tada spuštao, sujeverno teže?i jedinstvu ambijenta. Show More Summary

Three Upcoming Reviews This Weekend

Bben a bit busy the past couple of days, but I have three reviews that I hope to have published here by Sunday:1. Zoran Živkovi?, Pisac/The Writer (part of a triptych in English translation; standalone in Serbian).2. Andrés Neuman, El viajero del siglo (2009 Premio Alfaguara winner).3. Megan Mayhew Bergman, Almost Famous Women.

A little something I'm working on now

Working on a first draft translation of these seven paragraphs to add to the ones I've already done in my translation of Roberto Arlt's "El Jorobadito" ("The Little Hunchback"): Pero de este extremo al otro, en el que me colocan mis irreductibles enemigos, media una igual distancia de mentira e incomprensión. Show More Summary

December 2014 Reads

Read a lot in December, 71 books in all. One of my most prolific reading months. Managed to achieve my main reading goals this year, although it took some effort when it came to reading works in Portugese. Typing this on my iPad, so any formatting errors can be attributed to that. Show More Summary

Interesting article on "canon"

I've been thinking of writing on this topic for a while (more later this week), but Matt Cheney has a great take on the tricky issue of literary canon that I think many readers here would enjoy.

Claire Fuller, Our Endless Numbered Days

Highgate, London, November 1985 This morning I found a black-and-white photograph of my father at the back of the bureau drawer. He didn't look like a liar. My mother, Ute, had removed the other pictures of him from the albums she kept...Show More Summary

Kelly Link, Get in Trouble

Kelly Link has been one of my favorite short fiction writers ever since I read her debut collection, Stranger Things Happen, back in 2003. There is something about her fiction that is hard to describe as a common thread, yet when reading...Show More Summary

A few reviewish things for this weekend

Although I only just finished my Best of 2014 posts earlier this week, I already have a couple of books that I'm going to be reviewing this weekend. First up will be Kelly Link's upcoming collection, Get in Trouble, followed by Sait Faik Abas?yan?k's A Useless Man: Selected Stories (it comes out on Tuesday; the Link in early February). Show More Summary

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