Monday, August 3, 2009

Going Everywhere! Miscellaneous Links and Comment

  • The Chronicle Review takes a deeper look at the "Littlest Literary Hoax," where someone submitted to the journal Modernism/Modernity a critique of David Foster Wallace under the name Jay Murray Siskind, a character from Don DeLillo's White Noise. The embarrassing part about the hoax is that, even if people "got it" when it happened, no one's bothered to call attention to it as a joke or hoax for five years. (Scott Esposito reported on this story previously.) Here's the original blog post "discovering" the ruse and a response from some of the editors of Modernism/Modernity. [Update 8/7: HTMLGiant adds a bit more to the story.]
  • A Kay Ryan poem in this week's New Yorker.
  • David Mitchell! God, I loved both Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green.
  • At The Rumpus, a great interview with Sam Anderson, book critic for New York mag.
  • I was reading an article by Alexander Nehamas ("Critical Monism as a Regulative Ideal"—it was really good), and wanted to know more about him and ended up at this review of Nehamas's most recent book, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art. The reviewer is Gideon Lewis-Kraus, whose byline I always enjoy seeing. Lewis-Kraus has only good things to say about Nehamas, and I am very intrigued.
  • A conversation on Michael Mann (the director, not the sociologist). It's quite long, but the stuff I've read from it is insightful and articulated well.
  • The trailer from Bright Star, the Jane Campion biopic of Keats. Reaction: blech.
  • On the other hand, the new Coen Brothers film, A Serious Man, looks very good.

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