A Mind in Line

The Labyrinth by Saul Steinberg New York Review Books, 271 pp., $39.95 Saul Steinberg: The Line (detail), 1959; a spread from Steinberg’s The Labyrinth The Labyrinth, a collection of drawings Saul Steinberg made between 1954 and 1960, reached bookstores too late for the 1960 Christmas market. Its consequently dismal sales gave the forty-six-year-old artist his …

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Astonishments for Our Time

APRIL 4, 2019 IF YOU TAKE a few hours to read through one of Inger Christensen’s book-length masterpieces, there will come a point when you too feel as though you are standing inside a poem, even if you happen to be sitting. Maybe you feel this way because the poem in your hand has persuaded …

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Can the novel handle a subject as cataclysmic as climate change?

THE LITERARY novel has a problem with scale. For centuries it has principally focused on the stuff of everyday life. It doesn’t generally concern itself with the cataclysmic or tectonic. Compare Homer’s “Odyssey” with James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: whereas the epic incorporates gods, slaughters and the fate of nations, the novel celebrates the intimate and quotidian. …

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“Native Son” and the Cinematic Aspirations of Richard Wright

“Should the Novel Native Son Be Made Into a Motion Picture?” This was the name of a symposium held at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel in May, 1940—just two and a half months after the publication of Richard Wright’s best-selling novel. Hosted by the League of American Writers, a Communist-affiliated group for which Wright would soon be …

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for April 4th, 2019

Sponsored by our $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! Enter here. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman for $0.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by …

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