Dustin Illingworth on Heinrich von Kleist

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With New Directions reissuing Heinrich von Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas, in a fresh translation by Michael Hofmann, Dustin Illingworth makes the case that the novella is “the book that made the novel modern”.

 

Ange Mlinko on Gary Lutz

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Gary Lutz’s Complete Works are the subject of a first-rate analysis and appraisal by Ange Mlinko in the latest London Review of Books. Mlinko’s essay is equal parts career retrospective and close, close reading.

 

Josh Vigil on Anna Kavan

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The Anna Kavan renaissance continues, this time in the United States with thanks to back catalogue reissues from NYRB Classics. At Full Stop, Josh Vigil joins in the Kavan appreciation.

 

Josh Allan on Paul Kingsnorth

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Paul Kingsnorth’s Savage Gods is a book about the dwindling of the author’s urge to write books. At Full Stop, Josh Allan tries to find words to convey the sense of Kingsnorth’s failure to find words to convey his very failure.

 

Alex Diggins on Olivia Laing

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At 3AM Magazine, Alex Diggins casts an eye over the artistry and artistic philosophy of Olivia Laing’s new book about the making of art, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency — perfect for Covid-19 lockdown.

 

Germán Sierra on Gary Lutz

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To mark the publication of The Complete Gary Lutz, a monumental collection of stories by a renowned minimalist, Germán Sierra takes the pulse of Lutz’s aesthetic project in a new review at Full Stop.

 

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.

 

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.