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The Pachinko Parlour, by Elisa Shua Dusapin, translated by Aneesa Abbas Higgins

The Pachinko Parlour, by Elisa Shua Dusapin, translated...

In my idle moments, I’ve been watching Series III of the Danish TV program Borgen....

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Therapy without Professional Help: A Week in Los Angeles

Therapy without Professional Help: A Week in Los Angeles

Photograph by Maya Binyam. July 24, 2022 I live in LA, but I’ve just flown in from...

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Returning to Salman Rushdie’s Haroun

Returning to Salman Rushdie’s Haroun

Justine Kurland, Georgia O’Keeffe, 2020. Courtesy of Higher Pictures Generation....

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Memory of a Difficult Summer

Memory of a Difficult Summer

Clarice Lispector. Courtesy of Paulo Gurgel Valente. In 1967, the Jornal do Brasil...

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Nimblefoot, by Robert Drewe

Nimblefoot, by Robert Drewe

Nimblefoot, the eighth novel from the prolific Australian author Robert Drewe (b.1943),...

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Klotsvog, by Margarita Khemlin, translated by Lisa C Hayden

Klotsvog, by Margarita Khemlin, translated by Lisa C Hayden

With thanks to Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings for my discovery of this book, my choice...

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Lohrey, (Contemporary Australian Writers series) by Julieanne Lamond

Lohrey, (Contemporary Australian Writers series) by Julieanne...

Literary criticism of an author’s work is not my usual fare these days, though I...

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Still Life, by Sarah Winman

Still Life, by Sarah Winman

I was expecting to like Sarah Winman’s Still Life.  It’s had very positive reviews,...

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Death in Spring, by Mercé Rodoreda, translated by Martha Tennent

Death in Spring, by Mercé Rodoreda, translated by Martha...

Not having left myself much time to read something for Spanish Lit Month at Winston’s...

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The Paris Review

The Paris Review

The Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/blog Arts and Culture News Mon,...

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Love Regardless, by Barbara Kamler

Love Regardless, by Barbara Kamler

Barbara Kamler’s Love, Regardless is a collection of poetry with an unusual focus. ...

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The Morality of Gentlemen, by Amanda Lohrey

The Morality of Gentlemen, by Amanda Lohrey

My reading of Amanda Lohrey’s debut novel The Morality of Gentlemen (1984) was prompted...

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Speculative Tax Fraud: Reading John Hersey’s White Lotus

Speculative Tax Fraud: Reading John Hersey’s White Lotus

Rison Thumboor from Thrissur, India, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. I’m defeatist...

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September Notebook, 2018

September Notebook, 2018

At my old job, I wrote descriptions of objects; at my new job, I write descriptions...

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E. E. Cummings and Krazy Kat

E. E. Cummings and Krazy Kat

Krazy Kat by George Herriman. In 1910, a mouse named Ignatz first beaned Krazy Kat...

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On Paris Blues

On Paris Blues

Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman in Paris Blues (1961). Courtesy of Metrograph. “For...