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Inaugural Folio Prize Shortlist

Today the inaugural Folio Prize shortlist was announced, and it's filled with some interesting stuff: Red Doc>, by Anne Carson Schroder, by Amity Gaige Last Friends, by Jane Gardam Benediction, by Kent Haruf The Flame Throwers, by Rachel Kushner A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimer McBride A Naked Singularity, by Sergio De La Pava Tenth of December, by [...]

By | February 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Karl Ove Knausgaard: “Come Together”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers). Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “Come Together” (tr. from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett) was originally published in the February 17 & 24, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Trevor Since this is merely [...]

By | February 10th, 2014|Categories: Karl Ove Knausgaard, New Yorker Fiction|10 Comments

Rebecca Lee: “Bobcat”

Rebecca Lee's "Bobcat" is the first story in her short story collection Bobcat (2013), which is a finalist for this year's The Story Prize. "Bobcat" was originally published as a chapbook with Madras Press in 2010. Review copy courtesy of Algonquin Books. This story and I started off on the wrong foot. It begins with the narrator preparing a [...]

By | February 7th, 2014|Categories: Rebecca Lee|Comments Off on Rebecca Lee: “Bobcat”

Alejandro Zambra: Ways of Going Home

Alejandro Zambra has been making a splash in English reading circles over the past few years with translations of his short books Bonsai and The Private Lives of Trees. In 2010 he was one of the twenty-two writers featured in Granta 113: The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists. It was there that I first read him and in fact first read a portion [...]

By | February 6th, 2014|Categories: Alejandro Zambra|Comments Off on Alejandro Zambra: Ways of Going Home

Alice Munro: “Lives of Girls and Women”

“Lives of Girls and Women” is the sixth piece in Alice Munro’s second book, Lives of Girls and Women. For an overview with links to reviews of the other pieces in this book, please click here. Trevor "Changes and Ceremonies," the prior piece in Lives of Girls and Women, was suggestive of sex and a boy's capacity to destroy. In that story, Del, [...]

By | February 5th, 2014|Categories: Alice Munro|3 Comments

Galway Kinnell: “Gravity”

Galway Kinnell’s “Gravity” was first published in the January 20, 2014 issue of The New Yorker and is available here for subscribers. The prophetic tone of Galway Kinnell’s “Gravity” has held my attention for the past few weeks. Kinnell’s National Book Award and Pulitzer were awarded decades ago, and since then he has also won the Wallace Stevens Award and a [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Categories: Galway Kinnell|8 Comments