Articles by Lydia Kiesling

November 25, 2009

Modern Library Revue: #42 Deliverance 14

The story is told in a self-consciously poetic way, as if the author wrote it while sitting behind a duck blind with a camouflaged typewriter, looking at a picture of Walt Whitman and listening to Wagner.

November 20, 2009

Bad Sex in Fiction 0

Bad sex in fiction!  Here are your excerpts from Literary Review‘s annual contest.

November 12, 2009

They Really Get Me 0

For an invigorating jolt of proletarian/genetic bitterness, The New York Times has a “New Victorian” fashion slide show, featuring a selection of gentlemen with admirable bone structure, all in thousand-dollar cutaway coats and plaids and things.

November 6, 2009

One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: A Review 5

The promise of this foul enterprise lurked in every high school year book page, in every reference to the mad ones and the roman candles and the burning sensation.

October 27, 2009

Yes. 1

Your dandruff falls like the fixtures within a scenic railway passing through a thousand bearded rainbows… Compliment courtesy of the Surrealist Compliment Generator!  (Via.)

October 25, 2009

It’s Not Fair 1

The Critterati pets-in-literary-garb contest ends at midnight tonight!  You can view a gallery of the submissions as they appear, and some of them are phenomenal.  I especially like Humbert Humbert.  I don’t know how these people got their animals to cooperate (drugs, probably).  Big Ed and Nadine, aged six months, made it quite clear that […]

October 25, 2009

A.S. Byatt on Feministing 0

Chloe Angyal briefly interviews A.S. Byatt at Feministing.  Byatt will be reading in New York City this Thursday.

October 23, 2009

Early Dust Jackets! 1

Bookseller Mark Godburn, who is working on a book about nineteenth century dust jackets, has  a neat gallery of early jackets and accompanying info at his website.

October 23, 2009

Modern Library Revue: #95 Under the Net 11

Someone once said (it was me) that Iris Murdoch wrote so many novels that if you are in the mood to read something by her, there is probably a fresh one available.

October 14, 2009

Truly the Best Contest Ever 1

The New Yorker Book Bench is having a contest.  Submit a photo of your pet dressed as a character from literature.  My kittens are in for the worst two weeks of their young lives.  Dante and Fur-gil?  Tess of the O’Paw-bervilles? Jay Catsby? Oh my god.  So many possibilities.