Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Wylie Agency (at Bedford Square)
Volume three of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries: Liberation.
Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder is $2.99 on Kindle today only (the Daily Deal) PLUS it includes an essay from This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Whaaaaaaat.
Friday, December 6, 2013
“But then as time passed, I learned the lesson that parents do early on. You fail sometimes. No matter how much you love your children, there are times you slip. There are moments you can’t give, stutter, lose your temper, or simply lose face with the world, and you can’t explain this to a child.”
― Louise Erdrich, The Beet Queen
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
On the 60th Anniversary of Nabokov’s controversial, sublime masterpiece, find more complicated protagonists and beautiful language in these…
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann for a writer’s escalating obsession with a young boy
She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir for an existential story of hedonism and desire
Tampa by Alissa Nutting for a modern reversal of Lolita, with a female narrator seducing a young teenage boy
The Round House by Louise Erdich for coming of age against a dark backdrop of family secrets and violence
(for thesaharaofbraindust, twatmakesyoubeautiful & homeboundace)
Always shocked by Tampa's UK cover, always excited about seeing The Round House recommended.
I’ve watched this longer than I care to admit, but I will say I’ve laughed the entire time.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
"If you loved Gone Girl…” might be burned into your grey matter from hearing it so much this year but I’m still into this B&N post of seriously great comps.
A 600-page novel about a Baptist minister and the struggles he and his family face during a mission in the Congo might seem like a weird addition to this list. But one of my favorite things about Gone Girl is how fluently it shifts from Amy to Nick’s perspective, and how Flynn nails the nuances of their thoughts. Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible is narrated by the five women who make up the Price family. Their voices are unique and wholly imagined, and, as in Gone Girl, the alternating sections cast light on different aspects of the story. Every member of the Price family, under incredible stress in a foreign situation, is forced to confront their own potential for violence and savagery. This too, will remind you of Gone Girl–particularly of Nick, as he transforms from bad guy, to good guy, to bad guy, ad infinitum.
Monday, December 2, 2013
We published this two days ago and everything feels very strange.