Dear Professor Einstein & More
The book best left alone. A report on the thesaurus (Roget’s International Thesaurus, 7th Edition). Here.
A long-time opium addict views Mumbai. A review of poet and journalist Jeet Thayil’s first novel, Narcopolis. Here.
“Books can be social objects, and reading in public, even though it’s a private activity, is a kind of conversation.” An interview with Julie Wilson (Seen Reading). Here.
Lucky you! The secret of literary success. An interview with author Tom Bissell (Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation). Here.
“I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.” A report on Alice Calaprice’s Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children. Here.
Welcome reflections on magazines from Robert Birnbaum. Check out the avant-garde publication of the 70s and 80s described in Leonard Koren’s Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. Here.
“So saturated with sex that you forget what the story is about.” OK, just this once: Fifty Shades of Grey and other erotic lit. Here.
Who cares what John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead: Essays) sees from his window? If you do, here.
Wonderful video of the inimitable “dancer with chaos” Jerome Charyn (Citizen Sidel). Here.
Nadine Gordimer (No Time like the Present) at 88. Here.
A review of P.F. Kluge’s failed-novelist novel A Call from Jersey. Here.
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