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Adam Dalva

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April 11, 1986

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Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. He teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University and is a book critic for Guernica Magazine. Adam has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of NYU's MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. His best selling comic book, OLIVIA TWIST, was published by Dark Horse in Fall 2018.

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You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann
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Loved this unsettling little novella, a writer's journal during a REALLY bad week - it has all the elements of good horror, but also quite a bit of humor (The lead is trying to write a movie called Besties 2), and eventually, a bizarre fractal sequen ...more
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Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
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Really funny, really smart, incisive re: modern life, and super weird structurally in ways I can’t wait to talk about - Oyler is incredibly experimental here, giving us parodies of fragmented novels, lots of analysis of our generation's internet habi ...more
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A Woman, a Plan, an Outline of a Man by Sarah Kasbeer
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I adored this essay collection - sharp, often moving, really good and weird.
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Valentino and Sagittarius by Natalia Ginzburg
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I liked this pair of novellas - I really like Ginzburg - but they share a frustration, which is that the twist in each is quite telegraphed, and then there are no turns afterward. Valentino is much stronger than Sagittarius.
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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
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Full Review: If The Lying Life of Adults, the marvelous new novel by the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante, doesn’t reach the soaring heights of her masterpiece, The Story of a New Name, that is mainly an issue of the Ferrantean accumulation—deep networks ...more
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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates
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Really good, really bleak, lots of tuberculosis wards. It's eleven kinds of loneliness, but two kinds of stories. Mostly, mid-third person, sparking prose, simple stories with a single pivot (I especially liked a newlyweds story from two perspectives ...more
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Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon
Suppose a Sentence
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I really, really like this joyful, varied look at 27 sentences by 27 writers, ranging from De Quincey to Baldwin to Jaeggy and beyond. Dillon takes a different approach with each essay, and often provides a bit of biography as well, so it's education ...more
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Underground by Haruki Murakami
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Potent oral history (with some incisive commentary) by Murakami on the Sarin Gas attack in the Tokyo subway - 34 commuters detail their experiences, with much of the shock focusing on the mundane (a man still buying milk after he's badly poisoned). T ...more
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The Queen of Tuesday by Darin Strauss
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A weird, wonderful mash of genres, as Strauss dives into (as we'll eventually find out) his grandfather's life and the life of Lucille Ball, and concocts a fascinating relationship between them. The first chapter is incredibly dynamic and sets the st ...more
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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
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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 — 189 members — last activity Oct 23, 2020 12:14AM
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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