James Salter on Jacques Bonnet’s Phantom on the Bookshelves. * Reading books in situ. * 15 of the greatest lists in literature. * A series of Beckett recordings from 1966, supervised by Beckett & accompanied by his nephews playing music. * Alex Ross on James Joyce & music. * “A dandy prone to pratfalls who many a night fetches up dead drunk in the gutter.” Banville on Gordon Bowker‘s Joyce. * Adam Thirlwell on Joe Brainaird’s universal prose. * The New Inquiry on Thirlwell’s Kapow!. * On deceleration & Viktor Shklovsky’s Theory of Prose. * Mystic goddess of Brazil, Clarice Lispector profiled. * Benjamin Moser on why you should know Lispector. * If you have a fondness for the short sentence, Marías is a writer to convince you of the virtues of the very long one. * “What is “quality” in writing? It has nothing to do, I think, with good sentences.” Karl Ove Knausgård interviewed in Granta. * “One must have one’s delusions to live.” Woody Allen in The Talks. * Beyond the name & famous melancholy face, it is not easy to sketch the contours of [Walter] Benjamin’s work & thought. * Masters of the borderland, Kafka & Schulz in Prague. * No one reads Reinhard Lettau. * Tim Parks wonders, does money make us write better? * “The trouble with nothing, no matter an artist or writer’s aspiration to the zero degree, is that it tends to reveal a residual something.” Brian Dillon on Invisible at the Hayward. * “An appreciation for blandness may help us understand how Murakami has managed to produce an intensely interesting body of fiction around characters, & sentences, that operate in a kind of continuous monotone.” * The banal & the bizarre, a Kubrick design compendium. * Ben Lerner on books which inspired Leaving the Atocha Station. * Iain Sinclair on the transformation of London for the Olympics, to create “a fantasy that nobody wants.” * Always someone turns up, The Millions on Enrique Vila-Matas’ Dublinesque. * Tristram Shandy, dilettante. * Iggy Pop reads Edgar Allan Poe‘s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.
First posted: Friday, August 10th, 2012.