good new interview with leonard gardner about "fat city"
― na (NA), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 22:50 (four years ago) link
thanks. really loved that one
― flopson, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 23:34 (four years ago) link
btw someone wrote a biography of john williams, author of noted ILB text 'stoner'
― mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:36 (four years ago) link
Since this seems to be the de facto John Williams thread:
― o. nate, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:27 (four years ago) link
Too many good lines to quote from that interview. Mrs Williams seems like a very cool lady.
― o. nate, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:34 (four years ago) link
Novelist John Williams is enjoying a bit of a revival. There’s just one problem: his books are not good. https://t.co/ZSomxtafwt— The Baffler (@thebafflermag) February 22, 2019
― mookieproof, Friday, 22 February 2019 16:42 (four years ago) link
counterpoint: i've read all of his books, they're fuckin good
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:03 (four years ago) link
His books are also misogynistic. Women in his novels are frigid, they are bitches, they are, usually, stupid; at their best, they are a liability
ctrl+f "augustus" "julia"
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:05 (four years ago) link
His newfound popularity has also coincided—again, not surprisingly—with the fetishization of the book as an object. This kind of book-fervor is a few years old now, but as the recent backlash to Marie Kondo’s dry suggestion that most people only need thirty books indicates, it’s far from gone. Books now exist as book-objects; they are written by writers, loved by “book lovers,” made into lists, declared important. As objects they can be staged, as purveyors of relatability they can be used. But there’s a pervasive sense that they aren’t really meant to be read, critically evaluated, hated, or loved.
also weird tangential paragraph talking about something old as if it is new: dud
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:09 (four years ago) link
actually i've never read nothing but the night but if you have to base the majority of your criticism on a book he disowned then
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:14 (four years ago) link
I’ve only read Stoner, so I can’t comment on the other books, but I do think that reviewer is getting at something kind of odd about the interior void and fatalism in the character of Stoner, except I guess I thought it was interesting and they hated it.
― o. nate, Friday, 22 February 2019 17:16 (four years ago) link
i mean yes the writer definitely approaches the point of the books and says "i don't like the point of these books"; the interiority hinted at but never quite described bc we're just skating over the surface of stoner's actions, the way it suddenly rears up in the otherwise stiff undecorated prose like we've been sucked backwards into a dream state (the scene where he looks through his office window at the snow-covered campus for instance), the way he only seems to come close to approaching himself in (spoiler but... imo it doesn't matter) death
augustus is probably truly his best book bc it breaks out of that third person swinging between stiff observation and dreamy suspended light configurations to dwell richly in character, in the simultaneous performance of identity and narrative that makes up someone's perspective. but the former approach i rarely encounter in books i guess? the tense bridge they walk between intimacy and distance, between the ordinary and the brutal
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:26 (four years ago) link
anyway i love that the piece admits that augustus might legitimately be good but it never appears again in the piece as if it might compromise the integrity of the argument somehow
― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 February 2019 17:29 (four years ago) link
This guy was the Paul Auster of his generation.
― Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 18:15 (four years ago) link
― mookieproof, Friday, 22 February 2019 18:19 (four years ago) link
NEW YORK – Monday, February 25, 2019 — Rea Hederman, the publisher of The New York Review of Books, announced today that Emily Greenhouse and Gabriel Winslow-Yost have been named co-editors of the magazine, the leading English-language journal of literary criticism and ideas with a worldwide circulation of approximately 150,000. The editors will be joined by longtime contributor Daniel Mendelsohn in the newly created position of editor at large.
― mookieproof, Monday, 25 February 2019 16:52 (four years ago) link
ian buruma, still clueless
― mookieproof, Friday, 29 March 2019 19:10 (four years ago) link
if you're paywalled, you may be able to get at that by opening this in an incognito window https://t.co/pzRImMAurH
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 29 March 2019 19:15 (four years ago) link
I'm reading Nothing But the Night. Another fifty pages to go. Augustus and Stoner are superior but not by much.
― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 May 2019 14:35 (four years ago) link
Great photo of NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank:
― ... (Eazy), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 22:46 (three years ago) link
― flopson, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:45 (three years ago) link
Wonderful achievement for NYRB to bring these out:
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 24 January 2020 11:32 (three years ago) link
Definitely! Although I read the less complete but still huge Penguin version years ago and am not strong enough to tackle them a second time.
― Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 24 January 2020 23:34 (three years ago) link
Yeah that vol (tr. John Glad) was great, and it's good to see his poetry mentioned. There are 20/30 pages on the Penguin Russian Poetry that were a revelation to me. We need a solid edition of those poems.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 25 January 2020 10:03 (three years ago) link
Oh man,just now at the library I longread a very appealing deacription of this, with strong support from quotes (fave went with reviewer comment along the lines of "This blow, late in the book, breaks open the cloistered atmosphere and charges it with danger"--something like that! Good set-up, author):https://www.nyrb.com/products/abigail?variant=14728981020724 Will link review if can get it past paywall, as occasionally happens.
― dow, Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:52 (three years ago) link
It's Szabo, it'll be great.
― Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 27 January 2020 06:28 (three years ago) link
this is a really fun one
― na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link
Asked the question. This is excellent news.
I’ve translated both. The Silentiary will come out from @nyrbclassics in fall 2021, and The Suicides thereafter (no set pub date yet). Thanks for asking! https://t.co/mgqu7qBbpE— Esther Allen (@estherlallen) November 20, 2020
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 20 November 2020 20:15 (two years ago) link
There's a Flash Sale at NYRB publishing right now. 20% off two titles. 30% off three. 40% off four or more.
― The Solace of Fortitude (Aimless), Monday, 23 November 2020 04:25 (two years ago) link
i recommend ‘we think the world of you’ by j.r. ackerley off the sale list. ‘inverted world‘ and ‘party going’ are on there too but most ilxors have read those
― flopson, Monday, 23 November 2020 06:40 (two years ago) link
Looked at four I wanted however shipping to the UK is pretty much the 40% saving lol
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 23 November 2020 10:57 (two years ago) link
Before the pandemic I'd circle my uni library's original printing of Thomas Mann's Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man. Leave it to fucking NYRB to finally release its first paperback edition, like, ever:
I pick up a copy at my local bookstore tomorrow.
― So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 May 2021 19:49 (two years ago) link
Is that his ‘Actually, it was me, not Heinrich, who was brave all along? ‘ book?
― Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 24 May 2021 01:24 (two years ago) link
lol the og 'actually, I was brave and right to support the invasion of Iraq'
― maybe the beeple would be the times or between clark and hill (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 11:34 (two years ago) link
What was that in the sky? A flash? Must be the NYRB Classics Summer Flash Sale! Up to 40% off list price. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more within the US. https://t.co/cMPrY3Wl6c pic.twitter.com/kBisVepIxZ— NYRB Classics (@nyrbclassics) June 30, 2022
― deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Monday, 4 July 2022 19:17 (one year ago) link
This looks real tasty
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 21:32 (ten months ago) link
Very funny bitching about nyrb.
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 18 July 2023 14:07 (two months ago) link
Review of the novel was fairly convincing tbh.
As to the bitching it was just something to put upfront. Publishing is looking to make stuff happen. Which includes some forgotten things, if you feel they are now again the fashion.
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 18 July 2023 14:10 (two months ago) link
What the editors declare a “classic” is almost certainly a subcanonical instance of Europe’s endlessly dying modernism or its American imitations.
Sounds great to me.
― hardcore technician gimmicks are also another popular choice f (President Keyes), Tuesday, 18 July 2023 14:14 (two months ago) link
This relentless pushing of Elizabeth Taylor novels -- I feel smothered.— Moderna Love Gets Me to the Church on Time (@SotoAlfred) July 18, 2023
― the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 18 July 2023 14:16 (two months ago) link
that Tablet piece is like a book world version of "Pitchfork is Dumb..."
― hardcore technician gimmicks are also another popular choice f (President Keyes), Tuesday, 18 July 2023 14:35 (two months ago) link
I'd rather they publish more translation than reissue Anglo literary writing but they are already doing a lot.
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 18 July 2023 14:37 (two months ago) link
pic.twitter.com/wK664Lxobf— Chris (@CMccafe) July 17, 2023
― mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 July 2023 22:32 (two months ago) link
The resolution of the photo is so bad I can't read most of the titles . . . or maybe it's just my eyes. At any rat, I do see that The House of Mirth is the bottom title. I'd be OK being ruled over by Edith Wharton.
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 18 July 2023 23:43 (two months ago) link
Actually, it's The New York Stories of Edith Wharton lol
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 18 July 2023 23:44 (two months ago) link
Start of that Tablet piece is so astonishingly dumb, can't imagine why you'd want to read to the end.
― Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:01 (two months ago) link
Edith Wharton would have no problem ruling over us all tbc
― the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:02 (two months ago) link
I tried to read the Susan Tubes novel Divorcing, referenced in the review xyzz posted. A very sixties experimental stream of consciousness novel, which sounds good on paper but I found it just too baggy, verbose, formless. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for that kind of thing at the time. The story around it is an eye-opener though, she committed suicide 2 weeks after publication - possibly because of a bad review in the NYT, and Susan Sontag identified the body!
― Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:10 (two months ago) link
Taubes not Tubes, thanks autocorrect
― Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:11 (two months ago) link