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Jane Gardam: “Lunch with Ruth Sykes”

Lee reviews “Lunch with Ruth Sykes,” the second story in The Stories of Jane Gardam. Read the full post.

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James Joyce: “The Sisters”

Trevor begins his trek through James Joyce’s Dubliners, which turned 100 this month, with the first story, “The Sisters.” Read the full post.


Jeff Vandermeer: Annihilation

Trevor reviews the first part of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation (2014). Read the full post.

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Peter Weir: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Last week The Criterion Collection released a remastered dual-format edition of Peter Weir’s 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock, a mysterious film about the disappearance of a group of schoolgirls during a school outing in 1900. Trevor reviews the film and discusses the new Criterion edition. Read the full post.

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Rebecca Curtis: “The Pink House”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is Rebecca Curtis’s “The Pink House.” Read the full post.

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2014 PEN Translation Prize Shortlist

The five finalists for this year’s PEN Translation Prize have been announced (with an amazing three of the five coming from NYRB Classics!). Read the full post and get links to the four we’ve reviewed here.

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2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Finalists

The six finalists have been announced. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Read the full post.


James Joyce: Dubliners

How does a blog called The Mookse and the Gripes go six years without a post on James Joyce? We don’t know, but here we are, showing off the Centennial Edition of James Joyce’s Dubliners. Trevor will be covering each of the stories in the coming weeks/months. Read the full post.

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Sean Michaels: Us Conductors

Amanda reviews Sean Michaels’ Us Conductors, just out from Tin House Books. Read the full post.

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Maile Meloy: “Madame Lazarus”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is Maile Meloy’s “Madame Lazarus.” Meloy is a favorite, so it’s always great to get a new short story from her. Betsy shares her thoughts. Read the full post.

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World Cup of Literature

The World Cup of Literature started yesterday, and I am the judge of today’s match between Italy and England. Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Forgiveness in Families”

Trevor and Betsy share their thoughts on Alice Munro’s “Forgiveness in Families,” from her collection Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You.” Read the full post.

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2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Winner

This year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner has been announced, carrying on the tradition of recognizing literature in translation! Read the full post.


Lars von Trier: Melancholia

Trevor reviews Lars von Trier’s 2011 film, Melancholia. Read the full post.


Giveaway! Four Books by Tim O’Brien

I’ve got four of Tim O’Brien’s books, all new lovely reissues, to give away to one person. See what’s on offer and enter to win.

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John Irving: In One Person

In his first post for The Mookse and the Gripes, Chris Phillips reviews John Irving’s 2013 novel, In One Person. Read the full post.

Review copy courtesy of NYRB Classics.

Qiu Miaojin: Last Words from Montmartre

Trevor reviews Qiu Miaojin’s novel, Last Words from Montmartre, translated from the Chinese by Ari Larissa Heinrich. This is the manuscript Qiu left behind when she committed suicide in 1995, at the age of twenty six. Read the full post.


Ingmar Bergman: Persona

Trevor reviews Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film, Persona, recently released on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection. Read the full post.

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2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner

This year’s winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. Read the full post.