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Jennifer Egan: “Black Box”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box” was originally published in the June 4 & 11, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. If you didn’t know, The New Yorker has made a few headlines because…

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2012 Orange Prize Winner

Tonight the winner of the 2012 Orange Prize was announced: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller While I wanted either Ozick or Enright to win, I’m interested in this piece.  I have always loved the classics and classical history, so I think I will check it out.  Congratulations Madeline…

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Jonathan Lethem: “My Internet”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Jonathan Lethem’s “My Internet” was originally published in the June 4 & 11, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. So, it’s the science-fiction issue of The New Yorker, and we get…

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Stefan Zweig: Confusion

One of the first books I reviewed for this blog was Stefan Zweig’s Chess Story, also published by NYRB Classics (my review here).  It’s one of those books I remember so well that I can recall the lighting in the room and just how pleasant that July afternoon was nearly four years ago.  Zweig’s writing…

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Lorrie Moore: “Referential”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Lorrie Moore’s “Referential” was originally published in the May 28, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. This weeks story is an explicit gloss on a great short story by Vladimir Nabokov,…

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Penelope Fitzgerald: The Golden Child

I have all of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novels lined up on my shelf, knowing I’d have to read each after finding so much to love in The Bookshop (review here) and Offshore (review here).  But I’d heard that her first novel, The Golden Child(1977) – published when she was 61, by the way – was a…

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Robert Walser: Berlin Stories

When discussing Robert Walser, a somber mood seems most appropriate.  After all, in 1933, Walser was forcibly confined to a sanatorium, where he spent the next twenty-three years until, on Christmas Day, 1956, he went for a walk and died alone in the snow.  Yet when one reads this collection, Berlin…

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Maile Meloy: “The Proxy Marriage”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Maile Meloy’s “The Proxy Marriage” was originally published in the May 21, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. It isn’t a secret to anyone who has followed this blog in the past…

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Svetislav Basara: The Cyclist Consiracy

I’m a fan of conspiracy theories in literature.  I love the antiquities and the act of imagining what secrets have been lost to history — or hidden from history.  My problem is that I’m a bit ignorant of the best books on the subject, whether fiction or nonfiction, that have fun…

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Peter Stamm: “Sweet Dreams”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Peter Stamm’s “Sweet Dreams” (tr. from the German by Michael Hofmann) was originally published in the May 14, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I’ve had my eye on Peter Stamm for…