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  • This Thursday. Black Rock. 'The Great Dysmorphia' Launch

    This Thursday. Black Rock. 'The Great Dysmorphia' Launch
    This Thursday at 8 p.m. there will be a launch party for a new thingamajob I wrote titled the “The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistemological View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate”. Honestly, if the...
  • Midwestern lit: Plain-spoken

    Midwestern lit: Plain-spoken
    I recently took one of those online quizzes to test your accent, and it declared, accurately, that I come from the "Central U.S." The test said my accent is essentially no accent, the one that's employed by television news anchors, who are supposed to...
  • Annoyingly talented

    Annoyingly talented
    You know what's annoying? Experimental short stories. You know what else is annoying? Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half- way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
  • D.T. Max takes on the life of David Foster Wallace

     D.T. Max takes on the life of David Foster Wallace
    D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
  • A version of David Foster Wallace's life

    A version of David Foster Wallace's life
    When the great English poet Philip Larkin worked at the University of Hull, he liked to say that the need to change trains in Doncaster meant most journalists, academics and other London irritants didn't bother to harass him. The American writer David...
  • Trivia quiz: Salman Rushdie's not-so-hidden life

    Trivia quiz: Salman Rushdie's not-so-hidden life
    Salman Rushdie’s new memoir of his time in hiding, "Joseph Anton," weighs in at more than 600 pages. The British-Indian author was the target of a fatwa death sentence issued by Iranian clerics. A lot of people helped him survive a decade of...
  • Clarice Lispector: Four novels form a picture of Brazil novelist

    For a handful of people, Clarice Lispector's "A Breath of Life" being published in English for the first time is very good news. Sadly, that handful is fairly small. Lispector, an extraordinarily gifted writer who revolutionized Brazilian letters, was...
  • Defending Bryan Garner

    Weary as you must be by now of the hopefully hullabaloo, a post at Language Log by Mark Liberman, "The H-word,"  gives rise to some further observations. Professor Liberman demonstrates a salient fact about the disparagement of hopefully  as a sentence...
  • A rumination on books not yet read

    A rumination on books not yet read
    Sometimes I wonder how many books I've read in my four decades. Thousands, anyway — maybe tens of thousands — since the first one, about a choo-choo, when I was not quite 3. Right up to Anne Carson's “Autobiography of Red,”...
  • A grammarian's lament

    A grammarian's lament
    I recently read David Quammen's "Spillover," a scary, brilliant book about zoonotic diseases. Quammen is a marvelous stylist. But I was dismayed to discover, on page 506, this sentence: "One of the things that makes influenza so problematic, Webster said,...
  • Why you should read genre books

    Why you should read genre books
    I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...