In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Yoko Tawada and Tom Rachman, new writing by Kristen Arnett, and more.
above: inaugural Look at This Fucking Hipster case study Nikolai Gogol. Tobias Carroll The week started and ended with works in translation. The first? Leila Marouane’s The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris, which I picked up last month during a visit to Powell’s. It starts out in a familiar vein: the protagonist is a successful businessman from an immigrant family looking to assimilate and advance in society; as the title suggests, we get more than a small glimpse […]
Christopher Buckley is blown away by Tom Rachman’s boyish good looks and also really likes his book, The Imperfectionists: “I still haven’t answered that question, nor do I know how someone so young — Rachman turns out to be 35, though he looks even younger in his author photo — could have acquired such a precocious grasp of human foibles.”