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Afternoon Bites: Stephen Fry, Geoff Dyer on criticism, the Month of Letters challenge, and more

“It seems to me that now there could be a real incentive to write negatively. I would be wary if this were to serve as any sort of inducement to write witty and damning phrases. The key thing is the sensitivity of the response and the accuracy of the judgment.” At The Guardian, Geoff Dyer and Anna Baddely discuss criticism. (via MobyLives)

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Morning Bites: OWS poetry, Bookish bad boys, Dyer in Queens, Beethoven’s letter, and more

A great video of poetry being read at Occupy Wall Street is up at Coldfront featuring folks like Justin Taylor and Kendra Grant Malone.

  • Kingsley Amis!  Martin Amis!  Lord Byron!  And other literary bad boys at Flavorwire.
  • An excerpt from Jason Heller’s forthcoming Taft 2012.

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A year of favorites: Tobias’s Best Of 2011

Posted by Tobias Carroll

This is the first of two lists of the books I read this year that I most enjoyed. This one focuses on books released this year; the other will focus around books that I encountered for the first time in 2011 that first entered the world in preceding years.

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Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia is an intentionally messy book with shifting and sometimes overlapping narrators and a sense of history, both familial and musical, looming in the background. Not long after I finished it, I found the narrative ambiguity somewhat frustrating; a few months later, I find myself appreciating it a lot more. It’s about the ambiguity of art and the toll that making art can bring, on both the artist and the people around them. The Pale King, David Foster Wallace’s final novel, reads like a collage, its characters and narratives overlapping and sometimes crystallizing for moments of almost unbearable revelation or violence or horror. (Or all of the above.) 

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Indexing: Geoff Dyer, Roxane Gay, Autumn music, Roland Barthes, Flannery O’Connor, and more

A roundup of things consumed by our editors. 

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Finished Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasai  last weekend for one of the book groups I’m in. At first, I wasn’t as impressed with it as I’d been with his other work, but over time, the gulf between its two sections — one third-person, set in Venice, the other first-person and set in Varanasai — began to impress me more and more. Dyer leaves open the question of whether the protagonist of the first section is the narrator of the second, and out of the tension that exists there emerges something strange and ambiguous and, ultimately, deeply moving. I’m presently reading this New Yorker dialogue with Dyer about the novel and finding it interesting. (And Dyer is, as always, incredibly charming.) Continue reading

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Indexing: Ann Beattie at the DMV, Ben Tarnoff, Frank Bill, Geoff Dyer, Orwell, and So Much More!

A roundup of things consumed by our editors. 

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Ann Beattie’s Mrs. Nixon was my company when I waited in line at the DMV in Herald Square for two hours yesterday, trying to get my drivers license for the first time in New York.  Even though I’d had a DL in another state for ten years, since I didn’t renew, I’m a new driver in the eyes of Governor Cuomo.  That means I get to go through the entire process I went through when I was sixteen all over again.  Continue reading

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Afternoon Bites: Lydia Millet, Victor LaValle, Spike Jonze, and more

“Typically my writing prompt is nothing fancy—just your basic same old, same old. Fear of death.” Lydia Millet shares on artist Dimitri Kozyrev.

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Morning Bites: Banjamin Hale goes Greek, Chabon for the kids, Rookie, Jill Abramson, and more

The new issue of Paris Review is out.  Appearances by Lydia Davis, Dennis Cooper, Geoff Dyer, and more.

  • While we were busy cooking hot dogs and celebrating not having to labor, everybody wrote about Tavi Gevinson’s new site Rookie.  We’re excited about it also, so we figured if for some reason you missed out on hearing about it, we just hooked you up.
  • Michael Chabon talks to the Chicago Tribune about his book for kids.  He wanted to call it Go the Fuck to Sleep, but that name was already taken.
  • David Lynch’s influence on today’s music.

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