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Rereading and Second Chances

Rereading books I disliked in my first reading with a new-found admiration is establishing an alternative reading list, titled perhaps Instances of my Earlier Obtuseness… 336 more words

Dorothy Richardson

Thoughts on Ben Lerner's 10:04

There is a different time when I wouldn’t have finished reading Ben Lerner’s 10:04. As Borges says in his Paris Review interview: “I think a writer always begins by being too complicated: He’s playing at several games at the same time.” Lerner’s games are almost a catalogue of David Lodge’s characteristic postmodern strategies of contradiction, discontinuity, excess, short circuit, all played against each other. 205 more words

Rachel Cusk

Thoughts on Cusk and Autofiction

There’s some insightful writing around about Rachel Cusk’s trilogy, including the transcript of an interview with Alexandra Schwartz. On my first reading of the last in the series, … 294 more words

Marguerite Duras

10:04 by Ben Lerner

Writing: 5+/5 Plot: 2.5/5 Characters: 4/5

A literary tour-de-force — fascinating, though not necessarily enjoyable, to read. Beautifully written with intriguing sub-stories and descriptive prose (social, internal and external) to rival the best. 521 more words

Book Review

Ben Lerner--"The Polish Rider" (New Yorker, June 6 & 13, 2016)

SOUNDTRACK: GRACE VANDERWAAL-Tiny Desk Concert #751 (June 6, 2018). 

I had been listening to the All Songs Considered podcast when Bob Boilen told the below story about how he found Grave VanderWaal.  1,387 more words

New Yorker

The Image

My most exciting find this week was hearing Lynda Barry talk about the “image”. Not just visual images, or imagery in poems, but the image which is ‘contained by a form’ in any kind of artwork. 956 more words

Poetics

The Spirit of the Age

http://quillette.com/2018/03/25/stories-like-needs-talent-part-iii-spirit-age-d/

Ecclesiastes reigns o’er us, now, praise turned to mocking as the priest becomes the fool.

1 The words of the Preacher,[a] the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 693 more words