What do you have to do? No more than this: post a link to the contest page, and then go to that page and post the location of the link in the comments. Easy enough. And think of all the reading pleasure those stories will bring, one minute at a time.
-My friend James has been raving about Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone for a couple of months now. Everything he’s read since pales in comparison.
-Does anyone outside the dark corners of the English Department know who Jean Toomer is anymore? I read this in college. Powerful stuff; reissued in a Norton Critical Edition.
-Ezra Pound’s classic on the meaning of literature. Is there anyone out there who prints as much cool stuff as New Directions? They’re badasses, and it’s not just because of the Bolano catalog. Someone over there needs to join the WWLWWD series.
Hint Fiction is a blade of grass, curved, bending in the wind, the root solid in soil, its tip suggestive of the vaguer atmosphere it points to. It’s appeal: part literary Sudoku game, part concentrated narrative pleasure, dense with richness, like the brandy I’m drinking, but part metaphysical, the faith that there’s something out there, the story that you can imagine, beyond the max 25 words that comprises a hint fiction, a hint of fiction.
John LeCarre has a new book, it looks and sounds interesting, but I have to tell you that I couldn’t get into anything he’s ever written, but I want to read Our Kind of Traitor or at least try. I really loved the movie adaptation of The Constant Gardner, it’s more realistic than I thought possible, it seemed like that scenario could happen; drug company testing it’s new drug on and unsuspecting tribe in Africa, and a lone man figuring it out.
I’ve been over the moon about Dogfight: A Love Story by Matt Burgess for some time now, words can’t describe its greatness… and it’s a debut novel that takes place in Queens, NY no less! It’s about two brothers, one who has just gotten out of jail, Tariq, and his street dealer brother Alfredo. This story is told in the present tense, which makes it all the more thrilling, and can be really hard for a reviewer to describe, although Joseph Salvatore in this Sunday’s TBR does a damn fine job of it, (comparing Burgess to Richard Price, which is right on).
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper)
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)