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June 29, 2011 | by

A cultural news roundup.

  • Philip Roth is done with reading fiction.
  • As of this writing, there are 718 poetry apps.
  • Coups! Cabals! Backstabbing! Drama at the Poetry Society.
  • What isdistant reading?
  • “What seems to be happening is that Amazon’s platform is being overwhelmed by spammers who ‘scrape’ content from websites or, in some cases, actually lift entire texts, and republish them as ebooks.”
  • The top 10 books of 2011?
  • Face it: you can’t read everything.
  • “I found myself thinking about ‘translated’ and ‘foreign’ as two separate things—sometimes a translated world can feel far more familiar than the foreign worlds I might find in a novel of the English language; and as a reader I am at home with both familiarity and foreignness.”
  • Don’t even bother trying to go to this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival!
  • And just in time for Independence Day: Plath, Hemingway, Capote and Woolf—in their bathing suits.


    1. Lee Monks | July 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

      Chris, Chris, you protest a little too much there…how transparent a thing is envy……

    2. Tom May | July 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Chris, try reading AMERICAN PASTORAL. I dare say no one can sustain outright rage like Roth. His pen is hardly made of tin; more like steel. The man has stones.

    3. Joe Carlson | July 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Chris, read THE COUNTERLIFE, OPERATION SHYLOCK and SABBATH’S THEATER, all three creations superb in different ways. Where you certainly won’t find any prose as tone-deaf and sloppy as your own “…which makes for dry, hackneyed reading” or “…yields a tin pen.”

      Also, Roth has won two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Awards, and was awarded the Pulitzer for AMERICAN PASTORAL — so your claim “…that Roth has been denied the Pulitzer Prize” is hogwash.

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