David Grossman: Why? Who Died?

Today I’m re-posting this piece by Israeli writer David Grossman (discovered via)—an introductory note by the translator, Sol Salbe, appears in italics below. Last Friday Haaretz did something unusual: it placed an opinion piece on top of its front page.…

Translation and money laundering

A friend just sent me a link to this excellent interview at the Loggernaut reading series (dateless, it seems, and also timeless?) with Ammiel Alcalay—author, most recently, of “neither wit nor gold” (from then), out from Ugly Duckling, and founder…

Jonathan Franzen on Edith Wharton

Upon reading Jonathan Franzen on Edith Wharton The older I get, the more I’m convinced that a fiction writer’s oeuvre is a mirror of Jonathan Franzen’s character. It may well be a defect of Jonathan Franzen’s character that my literary…

Writing American empire

The most recent issue of Guernica features an essay by Kamila Shamsie on “The Storytellers of Empire,” which considers the insularity (my word, not hers) of contemporary US “post-9/11” literature. Shamsie is from Pakistan, and wonders why contemporary literature from…

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