Proust

Interview with Colin Winnette, Part 1

May 21, 2012
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The seven sections of Colin Winnette’s slim new novel Revelation correspond to the seven angels of the Book of Revelation.

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What’s Astonishing: Polina Barskova’s The Zoo in Winter and Austin LaGrone’s Oyster Perpetual

April 26, 2012
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Any review of literature in translation is also a review of the translation. And in this act, the review is also, in part, a comment on the endeavor of translation itself.

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Meditation on Milosz

February 22, 2011
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We must always be as careful with nostalgia as we are with most forms of vulgarity: it is too close to the whore’s heart, and can be used by politicians to promote a “purity,” an Edenic return that supports the most vile sense of the volk.

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To Make Bach the Grund of Grundrisse and the Chaconne of a Shocked Shack

March 15, 2010
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Today I thought I should add my secret voice to your evaluations.
Your intelligence may be genius, but remember as my mother saids also always to be nice.
A seventh grade teacher consoled me when I was teased:
You can always tell the genius by the enemies who surround him.

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Joe Weil on Hecht’s “A Hill”

February 25, 2010

[Interview: 2/25/2010]

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A Preface to a Blog: Auguries of Experience

February 14, 2010
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(image by David Shapiro ©2010) “Three coyotes turned up on the Columbia University campus on Sunday morning, prompting an e-mail alert to students and faculty.” A coyote is sweetness itself compared to a professor— and a professor is selfless compared to a poet— even the meanest sculptor is not as stupid as a University— a […]

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