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.

 

Houman Barekat on Jonathan Gibbs

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At Full Stop, Houman Barekat reads Jonathan Gibbs’ The Large Door as a knowing throwback to a kind of novel swept away by postmodernism.

 

Nathan Goldman on Ben Lerner

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Writing in The Baffler, Nathan Goldman admires the ambition but questions the achievements of Ben Lerner’s forthcoming novel, The Topeka School…

 

Robert Minto on Benjamin Moser and Susan Sontag

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One of the most thoroughly considered responses to Benjamin Moser’s biography of Susan Sontag comes from Robert Minto in a new essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

 

Seth L. Riley on László Krasznahorkai

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At The Millions, Seth L. Riley considers the stylistic aims of László Krasznahorkai’s Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming (trans. Ottilie Mulzet), the final volume in the author’s quartet of dark visions of Hungarian rural life.

 

Andrew Hungate on Lydia Davis

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Upon the publication of Lydia Davis’ first collection of essays, the aptly titled Essays: One, Andrew Hungate finds something lacking in the book, in a review at 3:AM Magazine.

 

Leslie Jamison on Benjamin Moser and Susan Sontag

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Breaking radically with the judgment of Merve Emre in The Atlantic, Leslie Jamison appears in the latest issue of The New Republic with a rave review of Benjamin Moser’s official biography of Susan Sontag.

 

Eloise Hendy on Family Trauma

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Annie Ernaux, Ocean Vuong, and Vigdis Hjorth are the three writers grouped together by Eloise Hendy, in a new essay at Frieze that identifies intergenerational trauma within families as the key concern of the contemporary novel.