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The Glamour of His Alienation: Rob Doyle Interviewed

‘As a reader growing up in Ireland, I felt a personal alienation from the kind of books I saw coming out – with some exceptions, you know. A lot of these books were just so sedate, so polite. They didn’t seem to speak to and of the harsh, intense, technological reality I was confronted with.’

Literary Review, May

Clarice Lispector tends to get top billing for ‘looking like Marlene Dietrich and writing like Virginia Woolf’. The formula doesn’t just linger because it’s easy to remember: it is kept on so as to shelve a deeply troubling writer somewhere at the back between ‘feminist Theory canon’ and ‘exotic South American canon’. This Penguin reissue of The Passion According to G.H. – along with another four of her works – is an opportunity to get beyond the cosmetics.




Literary Review, March

    From Out Of The City John Kelly [Dalkey Archive Press] Broadcaster and occasional harmonica player with Van Morrison, John Kelly’s latest novel is set in a Dublin of the near future, the capital of a decaying police state populated by crooks, perverts and double agents. Narrated by an omniscient geriatric read more…

One Way And Another: Adam Phillips Interview

The British psychotherapist, Adam Phillips, is one of our foremost contemporary essayists. He is most recently the author of One Way and Another. His other works include On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Houdini’s Box, and On Balance. He is the general editor of the Penguin Classics translations of Sigmund Freud, and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.

A South Korea Reader

Despite the considerable international success of its musicians, filmmakers and contemporary artists, South Korea has never really figured on the global literary landscape. It’s difficult to know why exactly, especially from this vantage. The Korean language enjoys a comparatively belated relationship with the written word: it was without its own script read more…

Literary Review: Koestenbaum | Sampsell | Schwartz

  My 1980s & Other Essays Wayne Koestenbaum [Farrar, Strauss and Giroux] Walter Benjamin once spoke about the modern world growing ‘poor in threshold experiences’. Wayne Koestenbaum, hearing this, made the fragment his signature vehicle of expression. My 1980s flits between Heidegger and Hart Crane, between Cary Grant and Debbie Harry. read more…

Literary Review, October: Lutz, Donoghue, Littell

Partial List of People to Bleach Gary Lutz [Future Tense Books] Gary Lutz’s penchant for verbal twistings can at first simply seem weird for the sake of weird, yet they are anything but gratuitous quirks of style. The dyspraxic effect of his ‘incorrect’ – but entirely apt – alterations to affixes read more…

Literary Review, September: Morrissey, Carson, Curran

Parallax Sinéad Morrissey [Carcanet] Ekphrasis is the cornerstone of Sinéad Morrissey’s fifth collection. From Denis Thorpe’s photographs, inside the newly-deceased L. S. Lowry’s house, to Alexander Robert Hogg’s pictures of Belfast slums, she recasts visual frames. At Parallax’s core – to borrow from Barthes – is ‘the terrible thing which is read more…

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