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26. The enigma of Joseph Heller

Blake Bailey admires aspects of Tracy Daugherty’s Joseph Heller biography but “can’t help thinking wistfully of what might have been” without the pressure to finish by Catch-22′s 50th anniversary.

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27. The end of the love of Rimbaud and Verlaine

“If you only knew how fucking silly you look with that herring in your hand!” — Arthur Rimbaud to Paul Verlaine, from Enid Starkie’s account of the demise of their tempestuous relationship.

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28. The literature of shoplifting

I suddenly began to realize that everybody in America is a natural born thief,” wrote Jack Kerouac, who, alongside St. Augustine and Mark Twain, features in Rachel Shteir’s The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting.

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29. On Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

All autobiographies are, in part, lies,” says Touré, who sees Manning Marable’s “more complete and unvarnished” new Malcolm X biography as a worthy supplement to The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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30. On Borrowed Finery

“There is a particular sort of toughness of mind to be found in American women writers–Flannery O’Connor and Dawn Powell had it–and its finest living avatar is now clearly Paula Fox.” — Gerald Howard, 2001

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31. Elizabeth Bachner on past idols and alternative histories

“I used to want to be like June Miller when I was a teenager, because she sounded so beautiful and so seductive and so dangerous… It’s interesting I didn’t want to be like Henry or Anaïs instead — the writers. I wanted to be like someone who never wrote anything.”

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32. At the memorial party for Reynolds Price at Duke

“His voice had once been so musical that when he recited passages like, ‘Before Abraham was, I am,’ it must have been nothing short of the sound of God.” Ben Cohen remembers Reynolds Price.

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33. Brief interview with Jamaica Kincaid

“One of the things reading does, it makes your loneliness manageable if you are an essentially lonely person.” — Jamaica Kincaid, who has a novel excerpt out in Little Star

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34. Preview of Kate Christensen’s next

The first five chapters of Kate Christensen’s forthcoming — and outstanding — The Astral are online at Scribd. (You know how I adore her, and this book is her best yet.)

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35. Laughing and crying simultaneously

A heartrending autobiographical essay about the mess Sam Lipsyte made of his life before age twenty-five has echoes in his fiction, Philip Connors says.

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36. For the Nothombophiles

“I chose a very short text because I knew that I would read without stopping to breathe, thus very badly.” Amelié Nothomb keeps a culture diary, converses at PEN with Buket Uzuner.

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37. The Use and Abuse of Literature

“What once wasn’t literature is now at the heart of the canon,” Marjorie Garber argues. Christopher Beha agrees but says Garber, like those she criticizes, ultimately wants “literature” to mean only one thing.

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38. BBC Radio 4 program extravaganza

I’m just scratching the surface of BBC Radio 4′s new program library, but it’s so much easier to find archived interviews, like A.S. Byatt on Possession, Joseph Heller on Catch-22… (Via.)

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39. Proposed age requirement for reading Neruda

“Any young dude—and it’s always a young dude—who has a copy of [Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair] should be forced to turn it over until he reaches a responsible age.”

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40. A Sport and a Pastime, and more

It’s James Salter Month at The Paris Review. Geoff Dyer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Porochista Khakpour, and other writers offer appreciations of Salter’s work in the lead-up to the magazine’s annual Spring Revel.

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41. Inside David Foster Wallace’s private self-help library

Maria Bustillos dips into David Foster Wallace’s archives, returns with scraps of Wallace’s unpublished writings (including correspondence with his fourth-grade teacher) and insight into his self-help reading.

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42. How Longfellow woke the dead

According to Jill Lepore, Longfellow’s much-maligned “Paul Revere’s Ride,” published the day South Carolina seceded from the Union, “was read at the time as a call to arms, rousing northerners to action.”

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43. A pale, gauzy curtain fluttering: Garman on Scarry

The human brain’s readiness to imagine “objects with certain characteristics, such as flimsiness and movement … has always been exploited by successful literary artists.” Emma Garman on Dreaming By the Book (and other critics on neglected faves).

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44. Behind the writing of The Instructions

Adam Levin discusses some novels that influenced him. The Roth and Wallace are no surprise, but it was a revelation to find Kosinski’s (riveting, controversial) The Painted Bird on the list.

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45. Geoff Dyer on the psychologically penetrating Friedrich Nietzsche

“I never cease to be astonished by his insight, his freshness, his brevity (deep problems treated like cold baths: in and out as quickly as possible)…” Geoff Dyer praises the inexhaustible Friedrich Nietzsche.

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46. Paris Review to publish lost Bolaño novel

For the first time in forty years, The Paris Review will serialize a novel: Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich, illustrated by Leanne Shapton

. Also in the issue: a John Jeremiah Sullivan essay, interviews with Anne Beattie & Janet Malcolm, and more.

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47. When Harry Crews met Graham Greene

“I met him in England and he read a manuscript of mine, said this won’t do but it’s almost there.” — Harry Crews on Graham Greene, his “main-most man,” and his own ill health, and more. (Page 67 of near-unnavigable PDF.)

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48. The Awl hires my pal Carrie Frye, I rejoice

My dearest Carrie Frye joins The Awl as managing editor. Carrie is better known in these parts as CAAF, coiner of “Nicht Kunts” and bringer of guilt whenever I’m not writing. She’s pounding out her own book on a Galaxie typewriter.

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49. Like Humbert Humbert and nearly as far gone

In Mat Johnson’s satirical Pym, a “blackademic” refuses to sit on the Diversity Committee, fails to make tenure, and winds up in Antarctica searching for the origins of a Poe character.

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50. An Extravagant Hunger

“MFK Fisher wrote like an angel, but there was an earthy passion and utter indulgence in her books… that entwined memories of how she lived and what she ate.” See also Recession cooking with MFK Fisher and Kate C. on Consider the Oyster.

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