"If you’re one of those Grinches who avoids something simply because everyone else is talking about it, get over yourself." – Benjamin Percy
"Probably the single most perfect book I encountered in 2013" – Garth Risk Hallberg
I was reared in 19th Century Russian literature and then the literature of American Jews (Roth, Bellow, etc.) and I always had difficulty with the relative lack of emotion in English lit. — Gary Shteyngart
Our political mise en scène has metamorphosed of late into a dark carnival, … confusing and ominous from any vantage point. — Norman Rush
In the category of re-reading, I discovered MRS. DALLOWAY anew, and –– if you’ll forgive the analogy –– it was like being prescribed exactly the right SSRI. Interior life! Laid out in all of its intricacy, and yet the product of a turbulent mind. As a writer, it gave me hope for my own turbulent mind. — A Year in Reading: Dani Shapiro
Much as I love the damn thing when the A is capitalized, the most potent words I read this past year weren’t even lowercase art. They were more like a truth-seeking missile, one that seethed with indignant if wholly justified outrage. — A Year in Reading: Sergio de la Pava
“It’s funny how someone known for being so difficult can come across as so reasonable.”
“I’m grateful now to have lived William Stoner’s life.” —Alice McDermott
Out this week: Brown Dog by Jim Harrison; a new paperback edition of Heidegger’s Poetry, Language, Thought; In the Night of Time by Antonio Muñoz Molina; a collection of Nick Hornby’s Believer columns; and a new biography of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.
UK chain Waterstones unveiled an owl delivery system. What now, Amazon?