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The New Yorker Fiction Forum

Thanks to a comment from KevinfromCanada, there is now a New Yorker Fiction Forum here.  The New Yorker publishes a piece of short fiction in each (practically) of its weekly (except for five times a year when they produce a double issue) issues.  You may have seen my post I…

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Uwem Akpan: “Baptizing the Gun”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Uwem Akpan’s “Baptizing the Gun” was originally published in the January 4, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. One thing that stood out to me before I read the story: Uwem Akpan is a priest at…

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J.M.G. Le Clézio: Desert

When J.M.G. Le Clézio won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2008, I had no idea who he was — as I’m sure was the case with most of you.  Not that that’s uncommon when the winner is announced in October — often the press release is my first encounter. …

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Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

I just read Dylan Thomas’s prose/poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (1954) and thought recommending it would nicely accompany my holiday greeting.  The phyiscal book itself is striking.  The high-quality paper is visible in the picture below as are some of the woodcuts that we find throughout this short but impactful…

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Year in Review: The New Yorker Short Fiction of 2009

If there are any of you are trying to find some engaging material to read over the holidays, I can’t recommend enough searching through the fiction (and other articles) of The New Yorker.  A subscription would be a great gift to you or from you (I know, because that’s how I got my subscription). …

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My Best Reads Some Highlights of 2009

I like the end of year lists.  They are self-indulgent, giving the reviewer a chance to reminisce and even become prideful about a year’s-worth of reading (at least, I admit to those feelings).  But as a fellow reader, I love to see others’ lists so I can see what books made the year’s reading pleasurable to…

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The Paris Review Interviews

I’m not in front of the curve on reviewing the fantastic The Paris Review Interviews volumes, but while I’m highlighting books that you may want to buy others (or may want others to buy for you), I couldn’t help but remind everyone of these gems.  If you haven’t picked up…

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Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

To continue this month’s look at beautiful books you might want to give for the holidays, I am excited to showcase this beautiful hardcover, just released.  As a collector’s item, I don’t think one can go wrong investing in this and in the hardcover War and Peace Knopf released a…

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Faber & Faber 80th Anniversary Collection of Poetry

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly busy for me.  Consequently, I didn’t have a chance to write up a detailed review.  (I have been reading as much — well, almost — as ever, so reviews will be coming).  But it’s just as well I put a filler in…