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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'

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 (one year ago) link

three months pass...
eight months pass...

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.

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..."

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


— 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


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

Is Inverted World in there?

Live and Left Eye (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:11 (two months ago) link

While browsing in bookstores, I always get fooled by those red-spine Vintage classic paperbacks that look identical to NYRB paperbacks from the spine, with same typeface and everything. I guess its an intentional homage?

o. nate, Friday, 28 July 2023 18:40 (one month ago) link

A few favourites that I don't think have been mentioned so far:

Emmanuel Bove - My Friends
Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen - Diary of a Man in Despair
Alberto Moravia - Boredom and Contempt
Ivo Andric - Omer Pasha Latas
G B Edwards - The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Rose Macaulay - The Towers of Trebizond

gravalicious, Sunday, 30 July 2023 13:14 (one month ago) link

Ebenezer Le Page is amazing.

JoeStork, Sunday, 30 July 2023 16:27 (one month ago) link

finally read it a couple of years ago, & yes^

no lime tangier, Sunday, 30 July 2023 23:21 (one month ago) link

Since twitter is wild west at the moment, I'm going to pipe up to say that those of you who are dragging Tove Jansson for not being sufficiently "adult" in her writing are showing if not your whole ass, a good portion of it.

— NYRB Classics (@nyrbclassics) August 11, 2023

That poll has been quite something..

It's not even wild west, it's just "book twitter".

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 13 August 2023 10:24 (one month ago) link

I'd rather they publish more translation than reissue Anglo literary writing but they are already doing a lot.

they do pretty good though on the translation front imo -- they can't be selling too much Ivo Andric but there he is! tons of super edgelord lit types like to hate on nyrb for what amount imo to not being edgelordy enough

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 13 August 2023 13:54 (one month ago) link

I love this review of Johnson's Anniversaries. It's very good at describing the book, gives a sense of the achievement as well as it's potential flaws, and does this with a good level of precision. It matches a lot of my reading of it.


xyzzzz__, Sunday, 13 August 2023 21:49 (one month ago) link

xp - is edgelord lit like William Burroughs/the Beats?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 14 August 2023 10:11 (one month ago) link

nah yknow I mean this is now a v dated reference but ny tyrant types, of whom there are a good handful

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 14 August 2023 10:42 (one month ago) link

wild western canon still includes blood meridian

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 14 August 2023 11:15 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Alvaro Mutis is all time.

May the memory of Edith Grossman be a blessing! What a dear professor, and an incredible titan in world literature. Her translations provided terrifying and melancholic worlds. pic.twitter.com/ZCbfYHMCui

— Zach Issenberg (@ZIssenberg) September 4, 2023

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 5 September 2023 08:11 (two weeks ago) link

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