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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
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,
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 –
11.24.09
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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
11.23.09
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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
10.26.09
Essays
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
10.15.09
Essays
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
10.12.09
Essays
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
09.30.09
Essays
An interview with essayist Rebecca Solnit in the The Believer's September issue puts a fresh spin on old mantras. "Everything is political" has become a tired refrain in art schools and writing programs, but doesn't make it any less
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