29 December 2004

books you need

The poet Pattiann Rogers -- as my brother said, "Wow, she's good" -- and I say, how can I never have heard of this woman before?

The new translation of Proust, translated by people like Lydia Davis and James Grieve, is superb. I never could stay awake for the Scott Moncrieff translation, but maybe I was too young back then.

Richard Bausch, well, he's one of the best American fiction writers alive, and these are delicious, I mean disturbing novellas.

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