Francisco Pereira's work is hard to classify. Is it literature, poetry, or art? His book is a permutation of sixteen words, not all of which are unique, and his booth attempts to tell the history of writing in four discrete parts, from scrolls to iPads. But what can be said in sixteen words?Read More »
Editor Brian Howton was asked how he felt about the future of the book industry. Though a critic and not a businessman, and having no insight into the economics of publishing, he still has reasons to be confident.Read More »
In the International Hall of the Frankfurt Book Fair is the Center for Politics, Literature, and Translation. Lining the walls of that stage are photographs of poets holding handmade signs, an expression of why they do poetry.Read More »
A costumed actor from the Gutenberg Museum demonstrates how to make a book and provides the opportunity for a slightly ranging, deranged meditation on the development of the art of bookmaking.Read More »
Will Self's arguments for pessimism in New Statesman are less convincing than they are persuasive. Built from a sum of personal reflection, experience, and received wisdom, they amount to a best practice guide for how to live a life.
With Time on My Hands, Giorgio Vasta took a promising story about three boys inspired to be terrorists but by telling it in a weak style transformed it into a forgettable, nearly unfinishable book, a mood piece that merely courts a sociopathic point of view rather than creates it.Read More »
The soul of Sisters is not only bared, but also deeply concealed, entombed in the fissure between this century and the previous one, a gulf as impassible as the barrier dividing Lozerec’h’s agonizing antiheroes.Read More »
Even when its a bad one, or especially, since often Luhrmann's is, The Great Gatsby, both in Fitzgerald's book and in this film, is a tale told for its flourishes of style. Maybe for this reason, it misses everything else.Read More »
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In Traveler of the Century, Neuman has written a parody of a nineteenth century novel that breaks the form. Taking his starting point in a love story that is so conventional that each step can be anticipated, Neuman quite literally employs poetic liberty to change the rules.Read More »