Posts Tagged: daniel mendelsohn

An Eerie Prescience: Talking with Joyce Carol Oates

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Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses how the political climate affected the writing of her latest novel, A Book of American Martyrs, how she uses Twitter, and why predictions are a waste of time.

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The Rumpus Interview with Kim Brooks

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Kim Brooks discusses her debut novel, The Houseguest, her approach to character and historical narrative, and the value of engaging readers with larger social issues through literature.

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Literary Beef: Epistolary Punches Thrown over A Little Life

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Hanya Yanigihara’s A Little Life has prompted anguished tears from many a reader—and now, is stoking emotional fires (and a few good burns) in a space that doesn’t often feel impassioned heat: the Letters to the Editor section at the New York Review of Books. After a scathing review by Daniel Mendelsohn, Doubleday’s executive editor […]

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Sappho, Who?

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The greatest problem for Sappho studies is that there’s so little Sappho to study. It would be hard to think of another poet whose status is so disproportionate to the size of her surviving body of work. Over at the New Yorker, Daniel Mendelssohn tries to shed light on one of the most famous yet […]

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When in Rome

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Dig historical fiction? In the forthcoming issue of The New York Review of Books, Daniel Mendelsohn revisits Augustus, the last novel written by John Williams, author of the literary cult favorite, Stoner.  “Like the best works of historical fiction about the classical world,” Mendelsohn writes, “Augustus suggests the past without presuming to create it.”  Originally published […]

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Dr. Critic and Mr. Novelist

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Can a good critic be a good novelist too? Daniel Mendelsohn and Leslie Jamison, who both have written both fiction and non-fiction, answer this question in the weekly Bookend column for the New York Times’s Sunday Review. Though their ideas differ, the two authors ultimately share the same point of view, summed up in Jamison’s statement that, […]

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