Giles Harvey

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  • 8 years ago

    For better or worse, John Ashbery looms over the downtown of contemporary American poetry like a gaudy skyscraper: Wherever you wander, it's impossible to lose sight of him. Given Ashbery's aversion to all things mainstream, his dogged experimenta...

  • 8 years ago

    One would hope that the reading public is not so guileless nor the art of literature so glibly reducible as a recent publishing epidemic might suggest: How to Read a Book, How to Read a Novel, How to Read a Poem, How Novels Work, How to Read Liter...

  • 8 years ago

    There are few things the British press enjoys more than giving its least favorite son, Martin Amis, a hard time. In his memoir, Experience, the comic novelist speaks of "all those months of crucifixion" in 1994 when the tabloids took a malign deli...

  • 9 years ago

    Although the forces of cant and triviality are legion in our culture, it is not every day that one encounters a book as foolish, misguided, and supremely irrelevant as this one. Within its torturous pages, R. Jay Magill Jr.'s Chic Ironic Bitternes...

  • 9 years ago

    If you strain your eyes for a moment and look beyond the smokescreen of hyperbole, mawkishness, and more or less euphonious drivel to be found in the pages of the publishers' catalogs, it is plain to see that in the oversaturated and underfed mark...

  • 9 years ago

    In a famous short story, Borges has one of his characters, an obscure author, remark: "I do not belong to art, but merely to the history of art." For a while, it seemed as though this would be the sorry fate of Robert Walser, whose boisterous yet ...


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