Thursday, November 11, 2010

Damion Searls, people!

I. Yesterday, read, in one sitting (!), a Polish novel from the 1960s.

II. Damion Searls—a true man of letters!—lists his ten favorite New York Review Books titles, at Conversational Reading. A taste:

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll, by Álvaro Mutis, tr. Edith Grossman

It is impossible to describe this book and how good it is, especially the first three or four of the seven novellas it contains. It’s about a philosophical drifter and his adventures of life and sex and thought and the poetry in our souls that can never be written. Gabriel García Márquez calls Mutis “one of the greatest writers of our time”—Gabriel García Márquez, people!

III. Speaking of which, I recently read some of a GGM novel from the ’70s. HE IS GOOD, let us not forget it; so is Faulkner! So is Joyce!

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