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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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Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Uneven collection of essays, but when they're great, they're especially great. I've taught Feet in Smoke (https://deadspin.com/feet-in-smoke-a-...) to my Rutgers class for a couple of years and it always makes an impact - the contrast between Sulliva ...more
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Kudos by Rachel Cusk
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A slight dip from the trilogy's high point, TRANSIT, and in many ways a return to the more oblique, far-off storytelling of book one, OUTLINE. Here, plot is stretched to the very limit of inaction (we find, very, very obliquely, that the lead has bee ...more
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The Long Accomplishment by Rick Moody
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More on this astounding memoir when it comes out in August - add it to your to-read stack. It is acutely told, brave, and lyrically stunning.
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The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård
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I liked this book - more uneven then Welcome To America, and similar (a sometimes silent girl, a strange, mentally ill father), but with an easier, more cinematic pace. Knausgard captures the psych ward and the course of depression with keenly observ ...more
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Professor Andersen's Night by Dag Solstad
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Really good Dag - I've read a bunch of his books (and interviewed him last year for PW: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...) and this one stands out. The conceit (the lead has witnessed a murder and, for reasons he dooesn't understand, chooses n ...more
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JR by William Gaddis
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Completely spectacular, best if read very slowly - it is a novel, a very long novel, told almost exclusively in untagged dialogue. Though at first it is dizzying, the characters (dozens and dozens of them) each have their own speech patterns, and thr ...more
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Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
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The missing link between Sebald and the Cheever diaries - beautifully observed vignettes (some of the descriptions are extraordinary) that ebb and flow into something of a memoirish novel, complete with subplots. I would add in David Markson as well. ...more
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Speedboat by Renata Adler
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Fascinatingly structured novel in vignettes - all of them sharp, and observational, and very much of a time and place. In its elliptical style and humor, it surpasses Hardwick's SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, which it resembles. We hunt through the paragraphs, ma ...more
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The Bathroom by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
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Terrific, strange little book - I'm a fan of Toussaint, particularly his Marie Tetralogy. This is his debut, so it's not quite refined in terms of formula (all his late books have micro arcs toward, always, three minor climaxes) and there is a bit of ...more
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Stop Wanting by Lizzie Harris
Stop Wanting
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A collection I've come back to many times, over the last 5 years, sharp and prescient and wrenching:

"I remember the touching
was softer than I wanted
and after I wanted things quiet
because I didn’t trust the skin
that skinned my little body I don’t wan
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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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