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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,
10.12.09
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Phillip Lopate's recently released essay Notes on Sontag is one of the loveliest, most profound, most tremendously moving essays on any theorist or writer's work I've recently read; that it's so short makes it all the more remarkable. Lopate is one of
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
08.29.09
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In light of our month of indie press highlights, I'm thinking fondly today of author Dodie Bellamy, whose work I love and who publishes with some really interesting presses. I've always admired her taste in publishers, not to mention her prose.
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
08.23.09
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For those interested in the downtown New York art scene, this publisher tends to focus on those artists I like the best these days. O.H.W.O.W. releases some awesome art books and many of these books incorporate text into the mix. Primarily
08.28.09
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Most will no doubt remember Hackett's gloriously bland covers from their college years; in all likelihood, the publisher would have seemed the primary source of all the titles under the "recommended reading" section of any given course's syllabi. It publishes many of the
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 –
10.15.09
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I've had a tremendous amount of difficulty choosing another author's reading to highlight from the tremendous AIR, Art International Radio program Channel 192. The Lopate-Lethem-Sontag debate was fairly easy: it's one of my favorite recordings, capturing a discussion between two of
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
10.26.09
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In the October 8 issue of The New York Review of Books, artist, art historian, and critic Julian Bell offers a sumptuous interpretation of two recent publications on art history and aesthetics, Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art and
11.23.09
Essays
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
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