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K. Arnold Price: The New Perspective

A few years ago, The Guardian ran an article titled “How did we miss these?”  Here, “50 celebrated writers” chose one book that was a lost literary treasure. (I have been happy to see a few from this list come out from NYRB Classics in the past few years). Colm Tóibín picked a book by a…

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2012 Booker Longlist

They’ve announced the 2012 Booker longlist today: The Yips, by Nicola Barker The Teleportation Accident, by Ned Beauman Philida, by André Brink Skios, by Michael Frayn The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel The Lighthouse, by…

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Zadie Smith: “Permission to Enter”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Zadie Smith’s “Permission to Enter” was originally published in the July 30, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I admit I’m excited to read this one by Zadie Smith, though I…

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Introducing a New Forum

For the past month or so, in whatever spare time I have, I’ve been setting up a new forum dedicated to discussing the publications of certain select publishers.  I’m a fan of NYRB Classics, Open Letter Books, Archipelago Books, and Dalkey Archive Press, and I wanted to create a place where…

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Carlos Fuentes: Vlad

We’re all very familiar with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, even those of us who have never read the book.  Through various radio, film, and cartoon iterations as well as simple word of mouth, we know the basic story of the innocent, newly-wed solicitor called to help a strange client in Transylvania move to London.  Interestingly, in Vlad (2004; tr. from…

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Junot Díaz: “The Cheaters Guide to Love”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Junot Díaz’s “The Cheaters Guide to Love” was originally published in the July 23, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. More Junot Díaz inThe New Yorker?  That’s three so far this…

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Tessa Hadley: “An Abduction”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Tessa Hadley’s “An Abduction” was originally published in the July 9 & 16, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I have generally really enjoyed Hadley’s many pieces in The New Yorker. They unravel slowly and bring…