“But money is not neutral; it changes everything, including the ability to neutrally judge what people will or will not do for it.” Zadie Smith has a short essay in the New Yorker on the trials of lending money to a friend.
The New York Times Magazine profiles Emily Wilson, the first woman to translate the Odyssey into English. Her translation is one of our most eagerly anticipated for November. "One way of talking about Wilson’s translation of the “Odyssey” is to say that it makes a sustained campaign against that species of scholarly shortsightedness: finding equivalents in English that allow the terms she is choosing to do the same work as the original words, even if the English words are not, according to a Greek lexicon, 'correct.'"
Since we’re deep into the season of “year end” lists, here’s a list of ten great novels written by women that didn’t get a lot of critical attention this year. That isn’t to say that aren’t a ton of other books deserving of this distinction, just that these are some really good ones. Go list-crazy and pair with our own Year in Reading series.
Precocious hardly begins to describe the early work of now-famous child fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. If you're like me--a clueless/skeptical johnny-come-lately--check out this post, in which Tavi documents and explains the Blanche DuBois outfit she's worn to school and her take on Tennessee Williams' most famous heroine.
In the Times, Virginia Heffernan bemoans how technology and the economic struggles of the publishing industry are leading to an increasing number of typos in books. However: "The Pollyannish upside to writerly inattention and cutbacks in publishing, then, is that readers sometimes see more of the human writer, and less buff and polish."
On the NY Daily News' Page Views blog, Alexander Nazaryan writes about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show's most neglected -- yet also most literary -- member breed: the dachshund. "No dog," Nazaryan writes, "has been more widely loved by writers and artists than the dachshund." Comedian Streeter Seidell agrees that the dachshund was slighted, and calls for a "fan favorite" award next year.