Anna Aslanyan on Fleur Jaeggy

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As part of the Republic of Consciousness Prize’s small press coverage in partnership with 3:AM Magazine, Anna Aslanyan articulates the “nothingness” to be found in the novels of Fleur Jaeggy.

 

Claire Messud on Valeria Luiselli

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Amid the many rapturous responses to Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive, Claire Messud has taken to the NYRB with a more sceptical view of the novel.

 

Clair Wills on Anna Burns

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In the latest issue of the NYRB, Clair Wills takes a fascinating look at Anna Burns’ Milkman, specifically her use of language that avoids the use of language.

 

Dan Chiasson on W.S. Merwin

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Following the death of the poet W.S. Merwin on March 15, Dan Chiasson uses Merwin’s poem ‘For the Anniversary of My Death’ as the starting point for a eulogy in the New Yorker.

 

Christian Lorentzen on Book Reviews

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Writing for Harper’s, Christian Lorentzen surveys the future of book reviews in an age of algorithmic recommendations and “like this or die” literary culture.

 

James Ley on Ottessa Moshfegh

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At the Sydney Review of Books, James Ley has a perceptive critique of Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation in the context of her body of work, and her interest in “the body”.

 

Dispatches From “Love Takes Risks”

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This weekend, UEA and the Republic of Consciousness Prize hosted a conference on small press literature called “Love Takes Risks”.

 

Weekendnotes, October 6-7

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On Saturday mornings, Splice rounds up the previous week’s best literary criticism and serves it up to you in a single dish. You didn’t have any plans for the weekend, did you?

 

Account For Who You Say You Are

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Part of giving the census is being able to argue on its behalf. Not everyone will just agree. Not everybody will permit themselves to be marked.

 

In Touch With the Deep Sources of Fiction

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In most writers’ workshops the members sit around discussing their work; they talk about themes and symbols and meaning and such matters. The six of us do none of this. Ours is a Waldo workshop.