Author Archives: Matthew Tiffany

Why New York’s Literary Crowd is Suddenly in Thrall to Hungarian Fiction

Hari Kunzru sees New York’s literary hipsters flocking to a translation that offers some meat and gristle to chew over.

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Bad Writing.

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Monday’s Margins: A review of another Brian Evenson story.

Ed. note: Blake Butler has been reviewing stories from Brian Evenson’s forthcoming story collection Fugue State (Coffee House Press, July) at his website. He agreed to let us share two of them with you here. This review is for the story “Dread.” ‘Dread’ – the fifth story in the collection – is immediately different than […]

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Monday’s Margins: A review of a Brian Evenson story.

Ed. note: Blake Butler has been reviewing stories from Brian Evenson’s forthcoming story collection Fugue State (Coffee House Press, July) at his website. He agreed to let us share two of them with you here. This review is for the story “Invisible Box.”  Another story will be reviewed next Monday.At four pages, this is the […]

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Obama: literate

President, Mrs. Obama To Be Honorary Chairs of National Book Festival Ninth Annual Event on Sept. 26 Will Draw Book-Lovers to the National Mall (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 26, 2009 — President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2009 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library […]

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Monday’s Margins: Really brief Memorial Day edition.

… There’s an iPhone app on the way for Bookmooch.… The Fictionaut blog has started a “Rediscovered Reading” series. First up: Father Must by Rick Rofihe.… Real or hoax, I love it (and would love to see it copied everywhere): high school student opens his own lending library, of banned books, in his locker. Nice!

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Monday’s Margins: Ha Jin, Paul Auster, a new e-book reader, and tools for readers and writers.

… The Granta summer fiction issue is available for purchase; it has Banville, an excerpt from Paul Auster’s forthcoming novel Invisible, and a new Ha Jin story, which you can also read here.… Another entry in the e-book reader market: the COOL-ER. Their store has over 750,000 titles, their device will accept various formats. It […]

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Monday’s Margins: Short stories, end of Sentences, value of writing, end of deep reading.

Short Story Month is in full effect. Wyatt Mason is closing up shop at Sentences and moving on to other matters. Look through the archives for lots of good material.In other countries, when the manuscripts of a treasured author are transported to a permanent archive, it is done under a veil of secrecy. Here, eh, […]

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Monday’s Margins: An audio/visual book club, Evenson online, "Gilead" and the left, reference books, swine flu, and eARCs.

The Onion’s AV Club has started an online book discussion group. Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love is the first book up for chatting.A new online lit magazine, Wag’s Revue, has a Brian Evenson story for your enjoyment. Evenson (The Open Curtain) has two new books right now: the detective/noir/gothic/psychotic Last Days and the short story collection […]

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Monday’s Margins: Amazon Hates on the Gays; Towards a National Short Story Month; New Stories from Stephen Dixon, Chris Adrian, and Lydia Davis

People at Amazon.com must be wishing for a lot of things this morning, not least of which would be an established presence on Twitter, which was swamped over the weekend with discussion of Amazon de-listing the sales figures for books that in some way involve gay and lesbian issues. The online retail giant’s search engine […]

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Monday’s Margins: Blue words; Vocabulary; Putting the Rooster to bed; first class.

… Best blurb: ” The asshole Thomas Bernhard — and I say this even though I dislike speaking ill of the dead — the asshole Thomas Bernhard, it’s fairly certain to say, only wrote a single good book. This book appears only now, even though he already wrote it in 1980, and it demonstrates what […]

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Monday’s Margins: Still Hungry, Still in Style, John Wray in 5.

…Happy Birthday to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Booktrade: “20th March, the first day of Spring, marks the official launch day of the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, a book which sells one copy every 30 seconds somewhere in the world, day and night. Translated into more than 45 languages, this […]

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