A Glimpse of the Influence of Philip Roth’s “Writers from the Other Europe”

At Literary Hub, you’ll find a conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Ivan Vladislavić on a variety of topics. (We interviewed Vladislavić last year.) One of the areas of discussion focused on Vladislavić’s political awareness as a writer. In his response, he alluded to his search for the best way to address the politics of apartheid-era South Africa in his own work, and took influence from an unexpected place.

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Morning Bites: Chabon cover, Columbia College lays off fiction, “Animal Farm” hope, Israeli author protection program, and more

That’s the Stax Records/60s bubblegum/Soul Train inspired cover of Michael Chabon’s forthcoming Telegraph Avenue.  (Via Sarah Weinman’s Twitter) While you’re at AWP in Chicago, you should stop by Columbia College and see why they’re laying off the Chair of the Fiction Writing Department.  Seems worth checking out. Your Longread suggestion of the day is at The Atlantic: “How ‘Animal Farm’ Gave Hope to Stalin’s Refugees.” Then move on to this Los Angeles Review of Books essay on Bruno Schulz. They’re […]

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Echoing: More on Foer’s Mash-Up Novel “Tree of Codes”

Posted by Nick Curley Unlike your nightly news, we’re follow-uppers: we follow up.  Here now, the double whammy in a one-two punch of a story we first brought you this past Friday.  Over at The Huffington Theorum, Park Slope resident and café recliner occupant Jonathan Safran Foer details the process of literally carving Bruno Schultz’s short story collection The Street of Crocodiles into a new novel, Tree of Codes.  Schultz enthusiasts may recall that when Penguin reprinted Crocodiles for their […]

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Jonathan Safran Foer: WTF?

I’m not going to make this your run of the mill Jonathan Safran Foer rant post, but what the hell is the deal with his new book? I’m scanning this post and I see that it was nearly impossible to print, and a mention of Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles.  Also, the thing looks impossible to read. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp18uUmgUac&rel=0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3]

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