LitStack Recs: The Good Soldier & Sweetbitter

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The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford If this novel had been published under the title the author selected, The Saddest Story, contemporary readers might have had a difficult time locating a copy. Fortunately, Ford Madox Ford agreed to his publisher’s title suggestion of The Good Soldier, and with that, the now-classic post-World War I [….]

LitStack Rec: The Oysters of Locmariaquer & Thief’s Magic

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The Oysters of Locmariaquer, by Eleanor Clark Late in Eleanor Clark’s extraordinary book, she tells us the oyster needs the same landscape that a plein air painter does: a certain air, light, chemistry. “The explanation,” she writes, “might be quite simple, not esoteric at all—in some common equation of factors and atmospheres.” Only a writer [….]

LitStack Recs: Sex Criminals Vol. 1 & Fairyland

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Sex Criminals Volume 1 – One Weird Trick Volume 2 – Two Worlds, One Cop Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky My recommendation is going to be a short one this week, because I’ve got beaucoup things on my plate and not even enough time to use a knife and fork. But I really wanted to [….]

OpEd: The Varying Poverties of Now

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The Varying Poverties of Now In the appendix to his brief but radiant 2010 manifesto ‘Reality Hunger’—a supremely confident and practically pedagogical collage of quotations and personal observations published in order to define a perceived new age of literature—David Shields writes with this kind of over-excited, unnecessarily aggressive tone. He’s explaining why those hundreds of [….]

LitStack Recs: Wolf Hall and The Book of Lost Things

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Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel This recommendation is of a book I’ve not yet finished, or for that matter, even read—well technically. I’m currently listening to the audiobook version of Hilary Mantel’s multi-award winning novel Wolf Hall. I plucked it from the library shelf yesterday afternoon, and in twenty four hours, it’s been the cause of [….]

LitChat Interview: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreword Literary

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Pam van Hylckama Vlieg started her literary career as assistant to Laurie McLean, of Foreword Literary Agency, in early 2012. By April Pam was promoted to Associate Agent. In her first two years as an agent, Pam brokered 24 deals, with such publishers as Knopf, Scholastic, NAL, ACE, Grand Central, and others. She joined D4EO in June [….]

LitStack Rec: A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century and The Boys of My Youth

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The Boys of My Youth, by Jo Ann Beard When it was released in 1998, I somehow missed Jo Ann Beard’s debut collection of essays. How I managed that is baffling, but as luck would have it, I recently fell down an Internet rabbit hole and ended up here, at the first publication of her [….]

LitStack Rec: The Goldfinch and Exposure

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The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt The reception Donna Tartt has garnered for her third novel, her first in twelve years, might be called a phenomenon. It’s a brilliant book, an enthralling story that centers on the childhood and youth of Theo Decker, an ordinary boy living in New York City with his mother until she is [….]