Monthly Archives: June 2011

Philip Roth in New York

A vigorous pleasure: four very strong and mutually contradictory readings of Philip Roth’s recent Nemesis at the Yivo Institute, followed by a few minutes with the author (link here). Roth’s coda to the events at Yivo was a time-stopping reading of the last four pages of Nemesis, in which the hero, a sports instructor named […]

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Zagajewski on Rilke

Out recently: the paperback edition of Edward Snow’s translations of Rilke, with Adam Zagajewski’s capacious introduction. From which: Maybe it’s more interesting to see Rilke’s work as not as virginal, not as ethereal, as it seems to many readers. After all, like the majority of literary modernists, he is an antimodern; one of the main […]

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