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Literary Miscellany

April 12, 2011 

Literary Miscellany

February 18, 2011 

Literary Miscellany

February 08, 2011 

  • The latest on the gender disparity in publishing comes from Vida, who has released a damning breakdown of the numbers of women being published and reviewed in some of the most prominent literary publications including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, Tin House and the Paris Review. Vida’s post has provoked a lot of response: Ruth Franklin confronts the existence of a literary glass ceiling, Alizah Salario shares some thoughts about women and criticism, and Stephen Elliott says we need more information before coming to any conclusions.
  • Bitch Media compiled a list of 100 Feminist YA books, then caused a big controversy by removing 3 of them, and is now starting a book club which includes the 3 removed titles.
  • I’ve started a reading challenge devoted to Argentinian literature. You only need to read one book to join!
  • The New Yorker has published a new story by Mary Gaitskill. The perspective is terrifying, but interesting and well worth the read.
  • Idle doodles by Sylvia Plath, David Foster Wallace, Vladimir Nabokov and others.
  • Peeing on Borges’ grave is an artistic act (at least according to one writer).
  • U.S. and U.K. book covers compared.

Literary Miscellany

January 14, 2011 

  • This sort of petty mischief in the guise of being a concerned citizen enrages me.” Quenby Moone on an hysterical parent’s reaction to her intellectually curious seven year old son Milo’s stick figure drawing of a Nazi on top of a burning building. This is a great essay about censorship and misguided attempts to sanitize history for our children.
  • In The Atlantic, Michael Chabon writes about having an honest conversation with his kids about the N-word in Huck Finn.
  • Awards update: The finalists for The Story Prize (honoring short story collections) are: Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr; Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li; and Death Is Not An Option by Suzanne Rivecca. The 2011 Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature) was awarded to Paulo Bacigalupi for Ship Breaker.
  • “I offer myself to be devoured by Spanish peasants.” From a newly discovered manuscript by Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
  • Find out what the New York Times bestsellers were during the week of your birth. (Gore Vidal, Graham Greene, and The Joy of Sex were on the list when I was born.)
  • Watch The Mirror Man, a documentary about Borges.
  • Five Chapters has a great new story by 5 Under 35 honoree Sarah Braunstein.
  • Two great novelists, Nathan Englander and Zadie Smith, in conversation.
  • Did you read? A pseudo hipster sparing match over who has read more obscure shit.

Literary Miscellany

January 07, 2011 

  • There have been a lot of lists of anticipated books for 2011, but The Millions’s is the best I’ve seen — 76 titles with descriptions, organized by month of release.
  • Last week’s New York Times book review contained essays by six critics on why criticism matters. Honestly, most of it struck me as either incomprehensible or boring, but I did like this from Sam Anderson (former book critic for New York Magazine): “The contemporary critic has to be an evangelist — implicitly or explicitly — not just for a particular book or author, but for literary experience itself.”
  • Leave it to Electric Literature to ask the important questions of our time: Can a book save your life?
  • Laura Miller (Salon.com) on being a better reader in 2011
  • Borges’s Garden and the self -portrait he drew while blind
  • Bending Bookcase Apartment
  • Looking to read more short stories?: New stories from David Mitchell and Steven Millhauser.
  • Looking to read more in Spanish?: 27 short stories by Argentinian writers.
  • Looking for book suggestions from creative writing professors?: Salvatore Pane and Christopher Higgs post their class reading lists.