W.G. Sebald

Arts Roundup: Performances by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, UW Symphony, Scholarship Chamber Group and more

<i>This week in the arts, watch dancers tell a story of resilience in their final performance of an exciting trilogy, become enchanted by the UW</i> …

Orchestras

Modern life, as seen by a writer without a smartphone

James Joyce’s “Ulysses” — sections of which first began to appear 100 years ago — immerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of early 20th-century Dublin. As Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom meander through city streets, their thoughts and experiences are, for the most part, perfectly …

Psychogeography

Features | Anniversary | The Bends? Grant Gee On The Day Thom Yorke Nearly Drowned For Art

Twenty years on from the release of the No Surprises video and classic music documentary Meeting People Is Easy, Grant Gee talks to Adam Scovell …

Thom Yorke

Pipe Dreams: The Soul and Spirit of Jazz Organ

When we think of the organ in jazz, the first name that often comes to mind is the late, great Jimmy Smith, who, though by no means the first to …

Music

An A to Z of Iain Sinclair on the Occasion of the American Publication of “The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City”

WHY AN A TO Z of Iain Sinclair?<p>Partly because the <i>A–Z</i> (pronounced “A to Z” but spelled <i>A–Z</i>) was the map, in book form, by which for so long, so many …

Books

Recommended reading: These are Patti Smith’s 40 favourite books of all time

Even from a young age, Patti Smith was enamoured by the written word. If you’ve read her fantastic memoir <i>Just Kids</i>, you’d recall romantic passages …

Literature

On Dismantling the Power of White Antifeminist America

Leni Zumas, author of the forthcoming novel ‘Red Clocks,’ discusses writing whiteness, Christian fundamentalism, and the marketing of female …

Michelle Obama

Shadows & Reflections: Tim Dee

As we enter a new year, we ask our friends and collaborators to look back on the past twelve months and share their significant moments. From <b>Tim …

T.S. Eliot

The Best Books We Read in 2017

The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p>Editor’s Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p><i>Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News</i> by Kevin Young<p>It’s too …

Books

Head Shots: Surreal collages by John Stezaker

Today, we’re going to make a collage like those made by John Stezaker. Now, for this you’ll need some glue, a craft knife—I like using a Stanley …

Marcel Duchamp

Four Books That Deserved More Attention in 2017

One of the best novels published this year was also one of the most scandalously neglected, at least in this country. I greatly admired “<b>Go, Went, Gone</b>,” by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions), the most prominent and serious German novelist of her generation. When Erpenbeck wins the Nobel Prize in a …

Culture

The Books 36 Authors Are Giving Their Friends This Holiday

Book people are the best people, no contest. You feel it every time you’re greeted by an independent bookseller, every time you exchange pleasantries …

Books

Richard Lloyd Parry: By the Book

<i>The journalist and author of “People Who Eat Darkness” and, most recently, “Ghosts of the Tsunami” avoids “lad lit” even more assiduously than he avoids “chick lit.”</i><p><b>What books are on your nightstand?</b><p>The books beside my bed are like the expensive, and suspiciously unsullied, pair of running shoes in …

Books

A Year in Reading: Jeff VanderMeer

As an omnivore, I define the word “enjoyment” as anything from a heady intellectual excitement at exposure to new ideas or narrative structures all …

Books

Should We Remember the Past at All?

David Rieff’s contentious 2016 polemic says no.<p>Like many of the Corner’s faithful readers, I had the pleasure Tuesday morning of following Michael …

A Year in Reading: Eugene Lim

<b>1.</b> <br>Our current condition of ambient despair gets an excellent portraiture in <b>Evelyn Hampton</b>’s <i>The Aleatory Abyss</i><i>.</i> It’s an obscure book about being …

Books

3 Women in Translation to Add to Your TBR Pile

Looking to add more women in translation titles to your TBR piles? Here are three international authors who might not be on your radar but definitely …

Literature

The Great Blank at the Center of It All: 'theMystery.doc' by Matthew McIntosh

On page after page of Matthew McIntosh’s <i>theMystery.doc</i> (Grove Press), redactions black out key words, crucial questions, and even whole sections of …

Books

Iain Sinclair: Walking Is A Democracy

<i>Cover image from Oneworld Publications.</i> Few people know London like Iain Sinclair. The writer and filmmaker has been roaming its streets since the …

Psychogeography

Shifting Histories: Belladonna by Daša Drndić

Whatever other faults Andreas Ban may have, he is not sentimental. A former writer, psychologist, and academic—now retired, against his will, from …

Books

In Which a Susan Sontag Fan Learns to Love Her Fiction

<b>1.</b> <br>Most serious consumers of culture are, in one way or another, indebted to <b>Susan Sontag</b>. More than a decade after her untimely death in December …

Literature

Newsletter No. 9: Teaser or spoiler?

<i>10 NOVEMBER 2017</i>Hello.It’s been a bit longer than usual since my last update. Apologies, but I’ve been working hard to get my book On the Moor out …

Psychogeography

Writing a Novel in the Age of Peak Content

Everything is apparently peaking. Peak TV, peak beard, peak craft beer. We’re living in the age of a glorious cultural crescendo. We have more music, …

Jonathan Franzen

Features | Craft/Work | "A Last Glimpse Of The Land": On Melancholia – A Sebald Variation

Adam Scovell uncovers a creeping destruction in an exhibition of art works inspired by the German writer W.G. Sebald, at Somerset House<p><i>“The</i> …

Literature

Fleur Jaeggy’s Portraits of Past Lives

<b>I AM THE BROTHER OF XX</b><br>By Fleur Jaeggy<br>Translated by Gini Alhadeff<br>128 pp. New Directions. $14.95.<p><b>THESE POSSIBLE LIVES</b><br>By Fleur Jaeggy<br>Translated by Minna Zallmann Proctor<br>60 pp. New Directions. $12.95.<p>If Fleur Jaeggy is less well known than many of her European contemporaries — writers like Joseph …

Books

The Synthetic Landscape – J.G. Ballard’s The Terminal Beach (1964)

We are living in J.G. Ballard’s world, that much is clear. So precise were Ballard’s not-so-future predictions that it is beyond cliché to link our …

Australia

In Defense of Third Person

<i>“I think fiction writing which does not acknowledge the uncertainty of the narrator himself is a form of imposture which I find very, very difficult</i> …

Literature

In Translation: October Fiction and Poetry

Ignore those pesky trick-or-treaters and instead dive in to these October offerings in translation. We have the first-ever full English edition of …

Literature

Here in Berlin, by Cristina García

<b>Here in Berlin.</b><p>García, Cristina (author).<p>Oct. 2017. 224p. illus. Counterpoint, hardcover, $26 (9781619029590). <br>REVIEW. First published October 1, …

Books

Documenta’s False Optimism

The Google results for “he made the trains run on time” were loading slowly on my phone because the Wi-Fi wasn’t really working at the Frankfurt train station. I could glean from the summary text of the first results that the saying is a verified myth; it turns out there are no benefits to fascism. …