Category Archives: Literary World Tour

Christmas Book Update: Thank You, Meredith!

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the saying goes. A little over a week ago I posted a quick roundup of books I’d gotten for Christmas. I closed with a reminder that I do not say “No” to books given to … Continue reading

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“I strongly advise people not to read literature in translation.”

The above is a comment by Jay Rubin, best known for his translations of Haruki Murakami. Here he is being interviewed for a New Yorker podcast. The problem of the untranslatable looms large in my mind, especially as my literary … Continue reading

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Google Borges Doodle Explained

Making sense of the Borges Google doodle: — Penguin Classics (@PenguinClassics) August 25, 2011 YouTube animation of yesterday's Borges Google doodle! — Penguin Classics (@PenguinClassics) August 25, 2011

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Literary World Tour – Japan

My friend Brian approached me about putting together, with him, a solid reading regimen. Something less haphazard than the usual strategy we share. We cycled through various ideas, but finally settled on embarking on a literary world tour. We’re starting … Continue reading

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