My Favorite Lit-Blog Things This Week

The Asylum defends Alain de Botton’s THE PLEASURES AND SORROWS OF WORK.

Kevin From Canada compares and contrasts ALL SOULS by Christine Shutt, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart.

The Elegant Variation interviewed Joseph O’Neill, author of PEN/Faulkner-winner NETHERLAND. In conjunction, TEV is giving away five signed copies of NETHERLAND, so get your entries in by Sunday, July 19 at 5 pm EST.

The Second Pass provides some potential controversy with “Fired from the Canon”, a piece about ten works they think should be subtracted from the literary canon. The works nominated for removal are: DeLillo’s WHITE NOISE, Faulkner’s ABSALOM, ABSALOM, Marquez’s ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, McCarthy’s THE ROAD, Lawrence’s THE RAINBOW, Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD, Franzen’s THE CORRECTIONS, Dos Passos’ U.S.A. TRILOGY, Woolf’s JACOB’S ROOM, and Dickens’ A TALE OF TWO CITIES. I have to say I largely agree, but with one major exception. Tune in next week when I discuss two from this list.

Narrative Magazine is featuring Anton Chekov’s THE MURDER as their story of the week.

dovegreyreader’s ULYSSES project has taken off. I am beginning to believe her approach may be the methodology I need to stop putting the monster off. I suppose I have some catching up to do…..

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