Michael Bérubé on Autism Aesthetics

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In a review of three new academic texts at the Sydney Review of Books, Michael Bérubé sketches out a guide to reading literature through the lens of “autism aesthetics”.

 

Andrew Hungate on Zadie Smith

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In a review of Zadie Smith’s new story collection, Grand Union, for 3AM Magazine, Andrew Hungate finds himself struggling to isolate the virtues of the book.

 

Something That Was Almost Nothing About Something That Was Almost Something

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J.S. DeYoung reviews Jung Young Moon’s Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River (trans. Yewon Jung).

 

Ed Simon on Harold Bloom

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At Berfrois, Ed Simon assesses the recent public responses to the death of Harold Bloom and ends up taking aim at everyone, sparing neither Bloom’s admirers nor his detractors.

 

Zadie Smith on Cultural Appropriation

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In a long, searching essay at the New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith makes the case against “cultural appropriation” by interrogating the language in which it is discussed.

 

Natasha Boyd on Ben Lerner

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At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Natasha Boyd praises Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School for its mastery of language and its mastery of the flow of time.