Benjamin Markovitz: 'Parenthood has changed.
The GuardianBenjamin Markovitz: 'Parenthood has changed. And so has the literature that comes out of it'The GuardianIn some sense, American novelists who emerged in the decades after Connolly wrote his book, writers such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth and John Updike, answered the challenge of combining mandarin and vernacular styles. As Martin Amis put it in his essay ...
Posted on 17 June 2017 | 11:30 pm
Art Continues To Transcend Politics, If You
The FederalistArt Continues To Transcend Politics, If You Know How To LookThe FederalistExcept for a few hushed conversations in the bathroom the day after the election, politics stays outside the DC art museum where I volunteer.and more »
Posted on 17 June 2017 | 4:40 am
Sherman Alexie's complicated grief for his
Idaho StatesmanSherman Alexie's complicated grief for his mother | Idaho StatesmanIdaho StatesmanIn one of his many books, Willie Nelson described how singer Roger Miller (“King of the Road”) was pulled over for erratic driving. “Can I see your license?and more »
Posted on 16 June 2017 | 5:23 pm
Ed Victor, literary agent, 1939-2017 -
Financial TimesEd Victor, literary agent, 1939-2017Financial TimesHe rose swiftly at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, where according to legend he cornered Lord Weidenfeld in the gents and talked him into sanctioning a transfer to the prestigious general books department, which was publishing the likes of Saul Bellow and ...
Posted on 16 June 2017 | 10:43 am
Critics have been having the same debates
Washington PostCritics have been having the same debates about art and politics forever. Ours are just dumber.Washington PostLater in the book, we learn that Podhoretz's connection to Trilling was used as evidence by Saul Bellow that Trilling had put Podhoretz up to slamming Bellow's “The Adventures of Augie March” — a book Trilling himself had praised! This sort of bizarre ...
Posted on 14 June 2017 | 8:01 am
A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea
(“I stuck around the amusement park at Silver Beach, where the cars of the Ferris wheel were covered, getting blackened, and I got soaked through my rain coat,” Saul Bellow writes in “The Adventures of Augie March.”) The park closed nearly 50 years ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:04 pm
Pera Wirszup, former U. of C. lecturer and
The lectures drew hundreds and featured such notable figures as authors Eudora Welty and Saul Bellow, historian John Hope Franklin, astronomer Carl Sagan and physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. That program continues with the Izaak Wirszup Lecture Series ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 6:37 am
Saul Bellow Was 30 Years Ahead of Me
Here's a fascinating little August tidbit, via Jeet Heer on Twitter. It's an excerpt from The Dean's December, by Saul Bellow, published in 1981. Albert Corde, an academic, is talking to a scientist (obviously modeled on the seminal lead researcher Clair ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:41 am
Ta-Nehisi Coates and the History Our Kids
Referring to the famous insult by Saul Bellow, he wants "'Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus' to immediately be obvious to you." Coates tells his son that there is strength in the hood and wisdom in those streets, and that he must respect the common struggle.
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 5:22 am
New Saul Bellow Documents Unearthed by
HYDE PARK — The author of a new biography of Saul Bellow will be in Hyde Park Tuesday to talk about a trove of documents previously unavailable. Zachary Leader was lucky to have 150 boxes of notes, letters and early drafts while writing “The Life of ...
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 4:13 am