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05.26.10
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Earlier this week, the wonderful Triple Canopy announced the recipients of its first round of commissions. As would be expected from such a curious and consistently invigorating enterprise as Triple Canopy, the projects all sound invariably fascinating; the full list of recipients
05.19.10
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I was unable to go to sleep one recent night. My insomnia was only further abetted by what grew, over the course of those frustrated, sleepless hours, into a frenzied state of righteous disgust with Christopher Hitchens' model of intellectual pursuit,
04.30.10
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Janet Malcolm’s article for the May 3, 2010 issue of The New Yorker is entitled “Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial,” although the dust jacket opts for the subtitle alone. This makes sense: it’s catchier, and the actual title,
04.20.10
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Awaiting each new issue of the simply remarkable Triple Canopy is a pleasure matched only by each issue's arrival; that the content of each issue is unfurled over time, and does not come in one fell-swoop of intimidating new material to set
01.26.10
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I was initially saddened by the news of J.D. Salinger's passing, but this sadness was quickly replaced by uncertainty. His books meant the world to me a few years ago, as I'm sure they did to countless high school kids, and
01.06.10
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In The Naked and The Conflicted, an op-ed piece in the Sunday Book Review of The New York Times, Katie Roiphe offers an uneasily defiant defense of the sex scenes – alternately reviled and lauded for their exuberantly misogynistic perversities –
11.27.09
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Last week New York met two powerhouse week-long event series: Independent Booksellers Week NYC and PERFORMA 09; pedestrian interests and chores distracted me from both and, come Monday, I realized I had not seen any of the previous week's abundant excitements.
11.24.09
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George Saunders is on somewhat less sure-footing in non-fiction, if only because his impulses aren't primarily journalistic, so to speak, but are rather, in a sense, impressionistic: he is attuned to the way life feels, sounds, smells, the way people speak
11.24.09
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I was initially drawn to Jonathan Lethem for his early fiction, particularly his first novel, Gun, with Occassional Music; I've keenly followed his forays into less explicitly outré and genre-reliant territory with Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, both of which
11.24.09
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It's unfortunate that the available YouTube documentation of this conversation is so short, although it does highlight some of the most thematically notable and important parts; the entire conversation, however, may be viewed here. Rebecca Solnit here discusses, in conversation with Peter
11.23.09
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Phillip Lopate wrote "My Brother, My Life (With Apologies to Pasternak)" for the essay collection Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry. It is perhaps not his best, most probing essay – I would most recommend Notes on Sontag or Against Joie
11.23.09
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I don't know how this program slipped by me so many months ago: I love Phillip Lopate – I think most people who love his work feel they love him, too; I do, at the very least –, I have an
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