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Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin
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I had such high hopes for this book, but it was largely disappointing. The book takes such as expansive definition of being a flâneur - or flâneuse - as to be self-defeating. The term generally makes one think of Modernist figures like Baudelaire or ...more
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River by Esther Kinsky
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The narrator of Esther Kinsky’s luscious, elegaic novel River is an unnamed woman who is living, albeit temporarily, in a very liminal part of urban East London that edges up against Tottenham Marshes, a handful of reservoirs, Leyton Marshes, Hackney ...more
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Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías
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At the outset of Thus Bad Begins, Marías’s narrator, twenty-three year old Juan De Vere, is told by his new boss, the filmmaker Eduardo Muriel, that a friend of Muriel’s, a certain Dr. Van Vechten, has possibly committed some sort of heinous act in t ...more
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A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be by Quintan Ana Wikswo
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Set in a Southern city ominously called Lynchburg, this novel tells the story of Maw and her twin daughters Whitey and Sweet Marie. Much to her regret and disgust, Maw briefly fell for a white ladies’ man known as Lafayette, who is fancifully describ ...more
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La Jetée by Chris Darke
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As someone mildly obsessed with Chris Marker's 1963 film La Jetée, I found Chris Darke's book to be the best I have read. Darke is a really fine writer and an excellent film critic, but he's also a deeply knowledgeable Marker scholar, so that he put ...more
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The White Road by Edmund de Waal
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The White Road is a passionate, digressive history of porcelain, the prized white pottery formed by clay first found in Jingdezhen, China more than 1,000 years ago. As Chinese porcelain started to come onto European markets, kings, royals, and rich c ...more
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Studio Pottery in Britain 1900-2005 by Jeffrey Jones
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Jeffrey Jones does a very good job of tracing not only the highlights of British ceramics since the Arts & Crafts era, he also tracks the ever-changing critical attitudes that dominate the discussion of ceramics - or pottery - during the last cen ...more
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Estuary by Rachel Lichtenstein
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Rachel Lichtenstein's The Estuary is a multifaceted documentary about the river Thames and its estuary, from central London out to the North Sea. I read this in anticipation of a trip to London in a few months, realizing that in my previous trips I c ...more
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Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
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The White Book by Han Kang
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The White Book is a series of short texts that are usually less than a page or two in length, surrounded by generous white space. Collectively, the texts serve as a lament for the dead and as a meditation on the fragility of life. But there is also a ...more
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