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Posts Tagged: LA Review of Books

Gregor Samsa Dreams of RoboCop

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Susan Bernofsky, in the introduction to her new translation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, compares Gregor Samsa to famed American literary character Willy Loman. Over at the LA Review of Books, David Burr Gerrard praises the translation but disagrees that this is the character with whom Gregor has most in common:

Perhaps the troubled dreams from which Gregor awakes as an insect were dreams of military service.

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Think you know The Night Before Christmas? Think Again.

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Alexandra Socarides gives a clear warning at the beginning of this article that she doesn’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas, but you should probably read the original poem one last time before reading her breakdown at the Los Angeles Review of Books about what “The Night Before Christmas” really means.

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Brazilian Poetry Takes a Weird Turn for the Normal

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Brazil has a nearly two-hundred-year-old poetic history, during which various poets have fought to define Brazilian identity, criticize the injustices of capitalism, and catalog “the joys and miseries of being young in a military dictatorship.”

Now that Brazil has become more stable, many poets want “simply to write good poetry.

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Ed Hardy: Way Cooler than You Knew

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Did you know Ed Hardy is not just a brand name, but an actual person?

And that after becoming “the first Westerner to work with a traditional Japanese master” of tattoo art, he led the “current tattoo renaissance” with an emphasis on individualized expression rather than the mere copying of classic designs?

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Who Do We Invite To The Orgy?

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Tom Lutz at the Los Angeles Review of Books discusses Elizabeth Gumport’s essay in n+1 called “Against Reviews.”

Lutz writes “Taste cultures do have something to do with circles of intimates, and the explosion of book clubs in recent years is testimony to a general desire for, if not an orgy, at least something more personal and embodied than a Sunday book supplement.

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