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1. On literary prizes

At the New York Times’ Room for Debate, some of my thoughts on literary prizes. (And on only recently discovering Rabindranath Tagore.)

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2. Some company for slow writers

For Tin House’s site, I write about finding solace for the slow pace of my own novel in the writing of Donna Tartt and my friend Alexander Chee.

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3. Ellen Ullman and the mess we make of connecting

“Search is a deep human yearning, an ancient trope in the recorded history of human life.” Please get to know Ellen Ullman’s novelistic and critical brilliance (which I discuss at length at Salon) if you haven’t yet.

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4. The tavern as tabernacle

“The model I saw was that a writer was someone who sat at the table writing.” At B&N Review, I talk with writer, bartender, and NYT Mag drink columnist Rosie Schaap about her new book Drinking With Men.

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5. Twitter app woes

Broken Twitter plugin, y’all. If you’re used to reading my tweets here, you’ll have to go over there until I figure out what’s going on.

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6. Where I more often blog now

I’ve been spending more time at my Tumblr recently. Over the years it’s come to feel like a better place for bloggy stuff that doesn’t fit on Twitter or warrant a longer post here.

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7. The accidental making of The Rough South of Harry Crews

“I was making a film about a local author when I met Harry Crews. He was not my subject; he was my subject’s inspiration. ‘You oughta put a camera on this guy,’ the local author urged.” How Gary Hawkins ended up making a film about Harry Crews.

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8. Economics and Mary McCarthy’s The Group

I wrote about Mary McCarthy’s dissertation-worthy The Group for Bookforum’s summer Money issue. Print only, for now at least. Please let her Paris Review interview (with a young Elisabeth Sifton!) whet your appetite.

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9. Class by association

My friend Philip Connors’ excellent Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout is out in paperback. Our Paris Review interview, which spilled over onto this site, is included.

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10. Life vs. the novel

At Bookslut, Elizabeth Bachner wonders “whether, on average, people are lonelier in real life than in novels.”

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11. Exceeding your RDA of “um” and “I think”

I spoke with the Nervous Breakdown’s Brad Listi for an hour last month about writing, blogging, day jobs, personal stuff, and why I’m not reviewing nowadays. You can listen at Other People Podcast.

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12. James Wood on Santorum’s planet

I’m interested in James Wood’s writings on religion, including his novel, The Book Against God, which I read recently. Here he is on Santorum’s attitudes toward the environment. (See also.)

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13. Edward St. Aubyn’s sole NYC appearance

Edward St. Aubyn, whose social comedy is “more reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell or Nancy Mitford than of anyone writing today,” appears Upstairs at the Square this Wednesday.

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14. Sightings of the Virgin

“Once the Virgin Mary was released into the world, the world took her and ran in different directions.” Jessa Crispin ponders religious icons.

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15. Reader burnout

Revisiting the problem of overdosing on beloved writers, or, in Matthew Lickona’s case, filmmakers.

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16. Finishing no matter what

“I think if somebody has to make an artistic work, he will finish it no matter what. It has nothing to do with the money, with the time.” — Marjane Satrapi

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17. The problem of Gertrude Stein

“American writers alive today are expected to work as if Gertrude Stein never existed. Gertrude Stein, in her time, had that same problem.” (Via. See also.)

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18. Underminer poet husband

Ted Hughes once wrote a letter to his sister about Sylvia Plath’s “good fortune” in selling “a long rather bad poem to The Atlantic Monthly, which is one of the Mags in America.”

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19. Muriel Spark on Mary Shelley: bring it back

Muriel Spark wrote a biography of Mary Shelley, Child of Light, that’s been out of print for years. Won’t someone revive it, as an ebook at least? This fan of both novelists would like to read it.

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20. Project Gutenberg founder dies

“What kind of a man wants to put the 10,000 most important books online by 2002 and make them available for free?” Late ’90s Wired article on Project Gutenberg founder Michael S. Hart, who died this week at age 64.

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21. The couple who morphed into F. Scott and Zelda

Ernest Hemingway wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald “a cutting letter about [Tender is the Night], accusing him of cheating” by fictionalizing Gerald and Sara Murphy. I’m rereading the fascinating 1962 profile of the couple who inspired Fitzgerald’s flawed masterpiece. (Via.)

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22. All unhappy families alike, too?

[U]nhappy families are conspiracies of silence. The one who breaks the silence is never forgiven. He or she has to learn to forgive him or herself.” — Jeanette Winterson (Thanks, J.)

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23. David Berman blogs, y’all

Exciting: Poet and Silver Jews singer/songwriter/mastermind David Berman has a blog, Menthol Mountains, where he’s pondering “the phony gulp,” hooked-up verse, and other things. (Thanks, 5redpandas.)

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24. Library borrowers’ habits a century ago

What Middletown Read tracks borrowing records of Muncie Public Library patrons from 1891 to 1902 and shows how library use is not a lonely act but “part of the complex story of the social nature of reading.”

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25. Where have all the Catholic writers gone?

I strongly disagree with the idea that “the Christian faith [has] been in full cultural retreat since the 1960s,” but still recommend Robert Fay’s essay about the dearth of Catholic novels after the translation of the Latin Mass.

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