Monthly Archives: March 2015

Unfinished business

Charles Kinbote, opinionated editor of John Shade’s final and longest poem, “Pale Fire”, distrusts publishers and editors immensely. Having stolen the manuscript of Shade’s unfinished poem from the recently widowed Sybil Shade, Kinbote believes he is the sole gatekeeper and … Continue reading

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To the future (of the book)

10:04 says something about publishing in recent times (see The very edge of fiction), but it might also say something about changing attitudes to books. One of the many threads in the book concerns Roberto, a boy whom the narrator … Continue reading

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The very edge of fiction

Very near the end of Ben Lerner’s 10:04, the narrator tells us about a photograph of the Goldman Sachs building, the only one lit among the dark towers of the financial district. This is an image that he would use … Continue reading

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Faber publishes two books with same title – rejects a third

There are three books with the title In Love and War.  Alex Preston wrote one published by Faber & Faber in 2014 which is the story of Esmond Lowndes, the son of prominent British fascists, who is sent to Florence … Continue reading

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