Adam Dalva

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I'm a book critic for Guernica Magazine and serve on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. My writing has also appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. My graphic novel, OLIVIA TWIST, was published by Dark Horse in 2019. ...more

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Filthy Animals by Brandon  Taylor
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Loved it - Taylor has accomplished something quite interesting here, with alternating stories filling in a 36 hour period for an intriguing set of characters in Madison. The non-connected pieces are often really good (I especially liked "Anne of Clev ...more
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Mishima by John Nathan
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Interesting, sharp biography of Mishima by his former translator, crescendo in the bizarre suicide incident. I was particularly struck by this segment: https://twitter.com/adalva/status/136... ...more
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
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I was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to attend a Saunders masterclass on"Gooseberries" - he was an unforgettably good lecturer, and conjured a warmth in the room that I recall happily, often. I've seen him talk a couple of times since, and both ...more
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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
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Structurally fascinating, three-part novella, with each part sort of functioning as a stand-alone. I realized the structure was working because I was grievously disappointed when it first switched perspectives...and then was disappointed again, and b ...more
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Ruthie Fear by Maxim Loskutoff
Ruthie Fear
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Gripping, weird, smart - bravo!
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Second Place by Rachel Cusk
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I’m very happy to report that this upcoming novel, is fun and weird, with lots of thinking about painting and power structures, and lots of plotting beneath the surface, and a surprising Iris Murdoch vibe, and paragraphs as good as anyone.

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Lost Time by Józef Czapski
" Jodi wrote: "Would you recommend this book to someone who doesn’t like Proust? I’ve been very interested in it because of WHAT it is (but I don’t like ...more "
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Lost Time by Józef Czapski
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Remarkable for WHAT it is - more than the content, which is also quite good. Czapski, a Polish prisoner in Soviet military camp during WW2, was part of a group of officers who put together lecutres on subjects of their expertise. They had no source m ...more
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The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
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Sebald as comfort; Sebald as an embodiment of experimental genius; Sebald, again, does the impossible. This is a hugely admirable linked story collection (basically, though no one would probably call it that), whose connections are at once subcutaneo ...more
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Girlhood by Melissa Febos
Girlhood
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Really loved this smart, insightful essay collection. I’ve taught “Intrusions,” which is included, since it came out, and the rest of the book lives up to it, forming a cohesive whole.
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115091 Connu Reads — 37 members — last activity Sep 25, 2013 01:14PM
A place to discover and discuss talented new writers. On our mobile app and website, we feature a few original short stories a week, along with audio; ...more
222594 Random Books Monthly Book Club — 163 members — last activity May 15, 2019 02:51AM
A monthly book club where we read a variety of books. Older books, newer books, old favorites, under hyped books, etc. Basically, we just read whate ...more
79477 Women and Men — 195 members — last activity 17 hours, 39 min ago
Women and Men began as a reading group for Joseph McElroy's masterpiece. It has developed into All Things McElroy. We have chapter threads for discuss ...more



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