Birch

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1997: Business boomed. Optimism was shooting up everywhere and bursting into flower. Music was jocular. Sport was effusive. Soon it would be possible to do the most wonderful things with computers.

 

Madeleine Schwartz on Sally Rooney

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With Sally Rooney’s Normal People arriving soon in the United States, Madeleine Schwartz in the New York Review of Books takes a close look at Rooney’s millennial politics.

 

Katy Waldman on Jane Alison

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At the New Yorker, Katy Waldman has a wild, exuberant review of a book of narrative theory by Jane Alison — not the sort of book to usually inspire the sort of language she applies to it.

 

I Didn’t Want to Talk About Literature Before Having Sex

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J.S. DeYoung reviews Lina Wolff’s The Polyglot Lovers (trans. Saskia Vogel).

 

Above the Fat

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His hand hovers above the hot fat — not so hot as to be spitting and scarring his skin, but warm; warm enough to cook something; warm enough to be tender; warm enough for an egg.

 

Dan Chiasson on David Baker

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The New Yorker‘s poetry critic, Dan Chiasson, waxes lyrical about David Baker, whose new collection Swift contains a selection of his previous work alongside a series of original elegies for his parents.