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Muriel Spark: The Public Image

Muriel Spark is in my Pantheon, my list of favorite authors (which you can see here). One of these days, I'll have read all of her books -- that's my goal at least. I love her slick observations. She's the very definition of "biting wit." Her stories are usually just a bit off kilter, and thus all the more disturbing, kind of [...]

By | November 19th, 2013|Categories: Muriel Spark|2 Comments

Lionel Shriver: “Kilifi Creek”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers). Lionel Shriver’s “Kilifi Creek” was originally published in the November 25, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Betsy “Kilifi Creek,” by Lionel Shriver, is something of a dead-pan thriller, and I liked [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|Categories: Lionel Shriver, New Yorker Fiction|27 Comments

Jeffrey Eugenides: “Find the Bad Guy”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Jeffrey Eugenides’s “Find the Bad Guy” was originally published in the November 18, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Trevor I consider myself a big fan of Jeffrey Eugenides, though most of that is on the strength of his first [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|Categories: Jeffrey Eugenides, New Yorker Fiction|24 Comments

Toi Derricotte: “Weekend Guests from Chicago, 1945”

Toi Derricotte’s “Weekend Guests from Chicago, 1945” was first published in the November 4, 2013 issue of The New Yorker and is available here for subscribers. Betsy “Weekend Guests from Chicago, 1945,” by Toi Derricotte, explores memory, beauty, women’s physicality, and coming of age. It also is a lovely mix of elegy, admiration, and affection. Derricotte’s territory, says Poetry Foundation (here) [...]

By | November 8th, 2013|Categories: Toi Derricotte|0 Comments

2013 Giller Prize Winner

Tonight they announced that this year's winner of the Giller Prize is: Hellgoing, by Lynn Coady I reviewed it here. As I said in that review, I didn't really like this short story collection. I much preferred her novel The Antagonist, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize in 2011 (and which I reviewed here). This year, I put [...]

By | November 5th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Giller Prize|2 Comments
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