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.

 

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.

 

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”.