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Posted on 6 March 2018 | 9:23 am
He's Martin Amis...and We're Not -
PopMattersHe's Martin Amis...and We're NotPopMattersIf you can't say enough about either Vladmir Nabokov or Saul Bellow, don't worry, Amis can't either. Amazingly, even after having discussed his personal "twin peaks" so often in the past, his more recent encomiums are neither redundant nor superfluous ...
Posted on 5 March 2018 | 8:32 am
The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's
The GuardianThe Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale – reviewThe Guardian... invited to write other biographies, but none really snagged in his heart. In 1987, though, he wrote to Saul Bellow to share his growing realisation that he was the Nobel laureate's natural Boswell. The relationship, again, seemed fated in some way ...
Posted on 4 March 2018 | 12:00 am
In Praise of Anita Brookner - New York Times
New York TimesIn Praise of Anita BrooknerNew York TimesI've done this with Saul Bellow and Laurie Colwin, Richard Yates and Jean Stafford, and — it seems related to 9-year-old me, finishing “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself,” then flipping back to the first page and starting it all over again ...
Posted on 1 March 2018 | 1:00 pm
Biography is a thoroughly reprehensible
Spectator.co.ukBiography is a thoroughly reprehensible genreSpectator.co.uk'He said he felt like Valjean, pursued by Inspector Javert through the sewers of Paris,' says Atlas. Yet it wasn't Atlas's doggedness as a Recording Angel that would have made Bellow hate him, or his affected servility (he remained 'Mr Bellow… I ...
Posted on 28 February 2018 | 8:09 pm
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