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Created 05 Mar 2018
  • Review: Peter Brooks on Sally Rooney, Philosophy and the Boudoir
    12 Oct 2021 4 0
    Plate for a 1934 edition Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisons dangereuses illustrated by the art deco designer George Barbier Read more
  • Diary: Samuel Delany on Crisis and Experiment (Part Two)
    10 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 10 3
    Hart Crane with the Brooklyn Bridge; 1924 Aerial view of St. Augustine College, Raleigh, North Carolina (Copyright © St. Augustine’s College, Prezell R. Robinson Library) Read Part One of this post he...
  • Diary: Samuel R. Delany on Crisis and Experiment (Part One)
    08 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 8 0
    Samuel R. Delany in the 1980s, with books (portrait from the City of Vancouver archives, photographer unknown) Only two of my novels started out as specifically experimental and specifically responses...
  • Review: Àlvaro Enrigue on José Emilio Pacheco
    05 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 5 4
    The year may have been 1999 and it happened while rambling around the aisles of the bookstore Politics and Prose. José Emilio Pacheco—then the celebrity professor of the Department of Spanish and Port...
  • Review: Anakana Schofield on Fleur Jaeggy
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Early in a 1977 interview, Jorge Luis Borges told William F. Buckley, Jr., “Personally I wouldn’t mind being executed. In fact, I think I would welcome it since I am rather tired of life, since life h...
  • Notebook: The Book Fair Returns! (Part Two)
    29 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    Scenes from indie book fairs: (1) one of Lee Burnley’s New York City Book Fairs; (2) the all-time-favorite book of Maria in #301, from an Astoria Bookshop fair; (3) Astoria book fair at Industry Gymna...
  • Notebook: The Book Fair Returns! (Part One)
    28 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 9 0
    Scholastic Book Fair virtual fair portal When I set out to celebrate our however-provisional return to in-person classrooms this fall with a post on school book fairs, I had no idea the level of feeli...
  • Review: Joy Williams on Colm Toíbín
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    Colm Toíbín once remarked that Thomas Mann was gay “most of the time.” When he wasn’t, he fathered six children with his wife Katia. The first was Erika, imperiously weird her whole life through; Klau...
  • Diary: Sumana Roy, Forest Education (Part Two)
    19 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    “Krishna explaining the importance of trees to gopas,” Datia, Central India, mid-eighteenth century CE (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Delhi). “The birth of trees is auspicious as it ...
  • Diary: Sumana Roy, Forest Education (Part One)
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 8 1
    Jacket illustration by Elisa Talentino for Sumana Roy’s How I Became a Tree On his first visit to such a large congregation of trees, my three-and-a-half-year-old nephew asked about the name of the pl...
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