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In Praise of the Language Police by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

29 Jan

More sensational than sex, nudity, or gratuitous violence— Continue reading

Name That Book!

22 Jun

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Name That Book! We’ve identified several people in our studio audience who think they know a thing or two about “great” literature (no not you, Professor Bloom), so we’re going to challenge them. The first one to identify the “home” of the following passage wins a pat on the back from the Writer’s Shadow! 

I am the way into the doleful city,

I am the way into eternal grief,

I am the way to a forsaken race. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation–or Death of the Original

23 Feb

Last night, I was not quite having a conversation with a friend whom I haven’t seen since 2003. It was late, and we were messaging each other through Facebook—my ambivalence about technology and social networking temporarily suspended while we “chatted” through e-space. He was telling me that he’s in the last gasp of getting an MFA, and he’s busy translating the work of a Catalan poet into English. Never mind he doesn’t speak the language. He has Skype and a translator on the other end. Continue reading

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