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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'

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/a-substantially-good-book-on-charles-j-shieldss-life-of-john-williams

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:36 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Since this seems to be the de facto John Williams thread:

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/02/20/mrs-stoner-speaks-an-interview-with-nancy-gardner-williams/

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

a dissent

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

savage

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

one month passes...

ian buruma, still clueless

https://www.ft.com/content/7d47be7e-4efb-11e9-b401-8d9ef1626294

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

one month passes...

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

four months pass...

Great photo of NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3p-59Chhri/?igshid=1aq5rmoqlfqk2

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 22:46 (three years ago) link

legend

flopson, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:45 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Wonderful achievement for NYRB to bring these out:

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/01/21/a-slap-in-the-face-of-stalinism/

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

four weeks pass...

https://d1w7fb2mkkr3kw.cloudfront.net/assets/images/book/lrg/9781/6813/9781681372013.jpg

this is a really fun one

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

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

five months pass...

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:

https://www.nyrb.com/products/reflections-of-a-nonpolitical-man

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'

one year passes...

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 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

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