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Episode 10: Jeremias Gotthelf’s The Black Spider

NYRB Classics published their edition of The Black Spider in October of 2013, and it is the book we’ll be talking about in Episode 10 of The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast. Vainglorious people, doomed children, a black spider -- the green man is coming, and through the ages enough people have made pacts with him that we are all [...]

By | October 29th, 2013|Categories: Podcast|Comments Off on Episode 10: Jeremias Gotthelf’s The Black Spider

NYRB Classics Giveaway!

A few months ago I announced here that I was venturing into a solo podcast dedicated to discussing "The Worlds and Works of Shakespeare." Well, that's been going on, and I've just finished the first play (the first of 38 -- this is a long-term project). While I do plan on keeping that podcast separate from this site, I wanted [...]

By | October 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Thomas McGuane: “Weight Watchers”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week's story is available only for subscribers). Thomas McGuane’s “Weight Watchers” was originally published in the November 4, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Trevor I love Thomas McGuane, so I'm thrilled to see another story by him in [...]

By | October 28th, 2013|Categories: New Yorker Fiction, Thomas McGuane|11 Comments

Lucie Brock-Broido: “Moon River”

Lucie Brock-Broido’s “Moon River” was first published in the October 14, 2013 issue of The New Yorker and is available here for subscribers. Betsy In an essay about Alberto Giacometti, Jean Genet said, “If I want to tame a work of art, I frequently use a trick: I adopt, however artificially, a state of naiveté, I talk about it -- and [...]

By | October 27th, 2013|Categories: Lucie Brock-Broido|1 Comment

Lisa Moore: Caught

On to my third book of this year's Giller Prize shortlist, and again I find myself confronting a familiar name: Lisa Moore. Her books Open and Alligator were each shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and her previous novel February was longlisted for the Booker Prize. So her name is familiar to me, but I have never read any of those books. And while I enjoyed Caught (2013), I'm afraid it's not [...]

By | October 25th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Giller Prize, Lisa Moore|3 Comments

Lynn Coady: Hellgoing

In 2011, Lynn Coady's novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the Giller Prize (my thoughts here), and it was one of my favorites of that year. Looking back on my post, I see I almost had it in my first-place spot. I was excited, then, to see that she made the shortlist again this year with a collection of short [...]

By | October 22nd, 2013|Categories: 2013 Giller Prize, Lynn Coady|4 Comments

Haruki Murakami: “Samsa in Love”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Haruki Murakami’s “Samsa in Love” (tr. from the Japanese by Ted Goossen) was originally published in the October 28, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. I've never liked anything I've read of Murakami (which has been little), but obviously this [...]

By | October 21st, 2013|Categories: Haruki Murakami, New Yorker Fiction|12 Comments
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