In our morning reading: thoughts on Jhumpa Lahiri’s new book, novelists’ resolutions for 2017, and much more.
“I began remonstrating with the men in the soap operas.” – A Fan’s Notes, Frederick Exley I think of Wittgenstein’s notion of a great work of philosophy being one that causes the reader to eventually throw the book against the wall/toward the ground and after this the ideas melt forth. Whether we intend it or not we construct the histories of fictions as they’re read—the before/the after/the minute—and these (not the great fictive works of time) consume our minds for […]
Erasure II by Grant Maierhofer He walked to his room after that, changing into this holed-up denim shirt he always wore, looking over at the shelves of books he’d yet to read. The sad truth is that buying books is almost as addicting for the aspiring young scribe as reading them is in your late teen years. When X was younger it was all about going to the library and picking up Hemingway, or Hesse, or Hunter S. Thompson, and […]