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Alice Munro: Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

Trevor and Betsy embark on a story-by-story analysis of Alice Munro's third book, Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You. This post contains an introduction as well as links to each piece they've covered.

By | February 26th, 2014|Categories: Alice Munro|Tags: |3 Comments

Dubravka Ugresic: Europe in Sepia

A couple of years ago, Open Letter Books published Dubravka Ugresic's Karaoke Culture, a collection of essays examining culture from a wide variety of perspectives. Deservedly, that book went on to become a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. We now have the great fortune of a new book of Ugresic's essays: Europe in Sepia (Europa u sepiji, 2013; [...]

By | February 25th, 2014|Categories: Dubravka Ugresic|4 Comments

Denis Johnson: “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers). Denis Johnson’s “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” was originally published in the March 3, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Trevor I think Denis Johnson is an exceptional writer, so I [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|Categories: Denis Johnson, New Yorker Fiction|9 Comments

Twenty Short Pieces of Modern Korean Literature

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea has been actively working to showcase English translations of modern Korean literature. Last year, they collaborated with Dalkey Archive to bring out the first ten of a planned twenty-five book set of modern Korean literature "aim[ed] to introduce the intellectual and aesthetic diversity of contemporary Korean writing to English Language Readers" (see The Dalkey [...]

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leigh Brackett: The Long Tomorrow

I have to admit that I didn't know Leigh Brackett was a renowned science fiction author. I only knew her through her screenwriting credits. In 1946 she worked with William Faulkner on Howard Hawks' film adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. In 1959, she worked with Hawks again on his 1959 film Rio Bravo, one of my favorites. She returned to Raymond Chandler in 1973, writing the screenplay for [...]

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Leigh Brackett|9 Comments

Dan Rhodes: Marry Me

Dan Rhodes' Marry Me (2013), just out in the U.S. from Europa Editions, is a collection of around 80 short -- very short -- stories focused on, says Michael Dirda in his exciting review for The Washington Post (here), love, marriage, infidelity, divorce, and death. Perfect for Valentine's Day, right? I actually do not have this book. Earlier in the week, [...]

By | February 14th, 2014|Categories: Dan Rhodes|2 Comments
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