Reduced to Gravel: On Paul Auster and the Isolationist Wall

In his 1990 novel, The Music of Chance, Paul Auster explores the use of stones and barriers as plot and metaphorical devices in telling the story of two men, Jim and Jack, who are forced into the construction of an ornamental stone wall after accruing a gambling debt to a pair of eccentric millionaires. If this sounds a bit wild, it is certainly meant to, for the novel toys with absurdity. But The Music of Chance, when paired with Auster’s […]

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Afternoon Bites: Terry Gilliam & Paul Auster, Hobart’s Baseball Issue, The Achewood/”Hunger Games” Connection, And More

In this interview with Terry Gilliam, the director mentions that he has plans to adapt Paul Auster’s Mr. Vertigo. Which is something we’d gladly shell out $13 for. Hobart‘s annual baseball issue is out, and includes notable literary types (Rick Moody! Stewart O’Nan! Owen King!) predicting the 2012 season. Chris Sims looks at the uncanny parallels between Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight and The Hunger Games. Andrey Kurkov talks penguins. Would you like to see a list of rejected titles for […]

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He Said That He Said What Was Said: 1,868 Words On Paul Auster’s “Sunset Park”

Posted by Nick Curley Thumbing through the new Paul Auster novel he’d finished that morning, the reviewer’s fingers tap danced on the protagonist’s name: Miles Heller.  The pairing evoked a kind of jazzy Catch-22.  Such was Auster’s nature in this new book, Sunset Park: long sentences, simple words, referential and feigning depth, but ultimately stuck with mere sketches of characters and a meretricious climax.

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Weekend Bites: 21st Century Sherlock, Paul Auster Reviewed, Franco as Bruce Nauman and More

At The Daily Beast:  The 21st Century Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery. At The New York Times: The Paris Review opens up it’s archives. At Telegraph: Paul Auster’s Sunset park is reviewed: “While there are moments of intensity, beauty even, these are fleeting, bright flashes, like silver fish in a grey and weltering sea.” At Flavorwire: Citing that James Franco’s “Cultural Ubiquity Tour must roll on,” a video of the actor, writer, student in sixteen MFA programs, as Bruce Nauman. At […]

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