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January 31, 2012

Drinking JJS While Reading JJS 0

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One of the best parts of last month’s Cullman Center discussion between John Jeremiah Sullivan and Wells Tower was watching JJS carry on the conversation while sipping from a highball glass of whiskey. The essayist’s Southern roots and Irish ancestry of course make him no stranger to potent potables, which is why Danny Nowell’s “John […]

January 31, 2012

Keija Pernissen Interview 0

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The Missouri Review‘s Michael Nye sits down for an interview with The Ruins of Us author Keija Parnissen. The book, he says, is his “first must read book of the year.”

January 31, 2012

Lethal Language: Ben Marcus Urges Writers to March on the Enemy 11

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Accessibility is such a strange, sad measure of the writing I love. Dora the Explorer is accessible. The Unconsoled is not.

January 31, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: St. Aubyn, Erickson, Sendker, Mockingbird 0

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This week sees the release of Edward St. Aubyn’s final “Patrick Melrose novel,” At Last. A new, omnibus edition of all the novels in the series is also out. Steve Erickson’s new novel These Dreams of You is out, as is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, a debut effort set in Burma by German novelist […]

January 30, 2012

“Happy memories pass in slow procession over the soul” 0

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Eldritch Press, which has a whole slew of free books available online, has just added the Constance Garnett translation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Hunter’s Sketches. Happy reading, everybody.

January 30, 2012

Ich bin ein Berliner 0

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The kind souls at NYRB Classics have nicely posted the first story from Robert Walser’s Berlin Stories, “Good Morning, Giantess!” on their Tumblr. The collection got a nice little write up in this weekend’s New York Times, too.

January 30, 2012

Find Myself A City To Live In: Ed Sanders’ Fug You & Will Hermes’ Love Goes To Buildings On Fire 0

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Finding the entrance points to New York’s musical undergrounds has never been quite as simple as decoding MTA maps, though that’s usually the first step. Two excellent new books chart a decade-and-a-half worth of street-level detail, illuminating not only entrance points, but how they were willed into existence.

January 30, 2012

On Broken and Repaired Circuits 0

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Another year, another year of Full Stop Features, and Peter Nowogrodzki is starting things off with a bang. In a thorough and engaging review, Nowogrodzki dives into Tan Lin’s miniature book The Patio and the Index.

January 30, 2012

Joseph Roth’s Letters 0

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“Among the 457 letters in Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters, there is not one love letter,” begins Stefany Anne Goldberg’s review of the author’s collected–and often outright misanthropic–correspondence.

January 30, 2012

Recession, Eh? Not Up Here 0

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The oil boom occurring in North Dakota, Montana, and Canada’s Bakken Formation is so frantic right now that ND’s unemployment rate is only 3.4%, the lowest in the nation. “Hiring is so frantic,” writes Business Week‘s Bryan Gruley, “the McDonald’s in Dickinson [North Dakota] is offering $300 signing bonuses.”