Edith Wharton would have no problem ruling over us all tbc
― the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:02 (four 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 (four months ago) link
Taubes not Tubes, thanks autocorrect
― Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:11 (four months ago) link
Is Inverted World in there?
― Live and Left Eye (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 00:11 (four 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 (four months ago) link
A few favourites that I don't think have been mentioned so far:
Emmanuel Bove - My FriendsFriedrich Reck-Malleczewen - Diary of a Man in Despair Alberto Moravia - Boredom and ContemptIvo Andric - Omer Pasha LatasG B Edwards - The Book of Ebenezer Le PageRose Macaulay - The Towers of Trebizond
― gravalicious, Sunday, 30 July 2023 13:14 (four months ago) link
Ebenezer Le Page is amazing.
― JoeStork, Sunday, 30 July 2023 16:27 (four months ago) link
finally read it a couple of years ago, & yes^
― no lime tangier, Sunday, 30 July 2023 23:21 (four months 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
― hardcore technician gimmicks are also another popular choice f (President Keyes), Sunday, 13 August 2023 00:15 (three months ago) link
That poll has been quite something..
It's not even wild west, it's just "book twitter".
― xyzzzz__, Sunday, 13 August 2023 10:24 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link
xp - is edgelord lit like William Burroughs/the Beats?
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 14 August 2023 10:11 (three months 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 (three months ago) link
wild western canon still includes blood meridian
― close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 14 August 2023 11:15 (three months ago) link
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 months ago) link