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Raymond Kennedy: Ride a Cockhorse

Some of you may know that I recently moved across country (that’s the cause of the relative lack of posts this June). The primary reason for the move was to get closer to family, but a large part of our motive was to get away from a job in New York City that threatened to…

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Deborah Eisenberg: “Cross Off and Move On”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New York Review of Books webpage.  Deborah Eisenberg’s “Cross Off and Move On” was originally published in the July 12, 2012 issue of The New York Review of Books.   The New York Review of Books fiction issue is on…

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Paul La Farge: “Another Life”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Paul La Farge’s “Another Life” was originally published in the July 2, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. “Another Life” is a relatively short story made up of two long, basically equal-length paragraphs.  In the first…

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Shani Boianjiu: “Means of Suppressing Demonstrations”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Shani Boianjiu’s “Means of Suppressing Demonstrations” was originally published in the June 25, 2012 issue of The New Yorker.     We are still in the process of moving (this is the big week), so I haven’t had a chance…

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Ben Lerner: “The Golden Vanity”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Ben Lerner’s “The Golden Vanity” was originally published in the June 18, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. As requested by Aaron, here is a placeholder for “The Golden Vanity.”  I’ve started this…

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2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Winner

The winner of the IMPAC was announced a bit ago: Even the Dogs, by Jon McGregor I haven’t read this one yet, though a couple of years ago it got quite a lot of attention from bloggers I respect.  For differing views, check KevinfromCanada’s positive review here and John Self’s…

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2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Finalists

I’m a bit late, but earlier this week the finalists for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award were announced. Dark Lies the Island, by Kevin Barry What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander The Trouble with Fire, by Fiona Kidman The Beautiful Indifference,…

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Sergio Chejfec: The Planets

One of my favorites for the Best Translated Book Award was Sergio Chejfec’s My Two Worlds (click here for my review).  Since finishing it last year, it has continued to build in my memory, particularly the way Chejfec used city geography to delve into the narrator’s state of mind.  Upset that it was the only book by…

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Sam Lipsyte: “The Republic of Empathy”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Sam Lipsyte’s “The Republic of Empathy” was originally published in the June 4 & 11, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. Two weeks ago, when the Science Fiction issue came out,…

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Robert Walser: The Walk

The Walk (Der Spaziergang, 1917; tr. from the German by Christopher Middleton, 1957, with Susan Bernofsky, 2012) is a tiny, and very strange gem (indeed, it is the latest addition New Direction’s line of “Pearls”).  I’ve noted elsewhere (click here for my reviews of other works by Walser) just how exuberant Walser can be about…