Ben Ehrenreich

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  • 11 years ago

    From here, observes Sesshu Foster, standing in a minimal parking lot with his nose to the breeze, "You can get a whiff of Farmer John." He's talking about the enormous southeast Los Angeles pork slaughterhouse a few blocks away, and he's right: To...

  • 11 years ago

    Early in June, when the winner of the first Man Booker International prize was announced, you could almost hear the collective gasp from this side of the Atlantic, followed by a sharply whispered " . . . who?" Gabriel GarcÍa Márquez,...

  • 11 years ago

    "The end," declares a poet to a prostitute on the sidewalks of interwar Berlin, "isn't interesting, it's ugly, disgusting." But the poet is boring and broke and the girl isn't listening, so it doesn't matter that he's talking about his poem on "th...

  • 11 years ago

    Months have passed and I'm still scared to lift the pillow from my eyes. The hangover to the '04 elections just won't let up, and while it's tempting to choke down a big, greasy breakfast of self-flagellation and doubt, Gary Indiana, bless his bil...

  • 11 years ago

    "I am confounded," Jeanette Winterson wrote in Sexing the Cherry back in 1989, "by the shining water and the size of the world." In the 16 years since, despite all claims to the contrary, the world has hardly shrunk, and neither have Winterson's w...

  • 12 years ago

    Bartleby & Co. is a curious book. Its author, the much acclaimed but until now undertranslated Spaniard Enrique Vila-Matas, names his humpbacked and blindingly well-read narrator Marcelo, though you have to keep your nose to the spine to notice...


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