Simon Critchley’s ‘Memory Theater’ for Music & Literature

I am very proud to have been welcomed back by Music & Literature, this time to discuss philosopher, academic and now novelist Simon Critchley’s debut work of fiction, Memory Theater. Now available in hardcover from Other PressI first read the book when it was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions late last year, and have spent the last 12 months dipping in and out, trying to untangle the multifarious threads of its tapestry.

You can read my attempt to do so here.

Valeria Luiselli ‘The Story of My Teeth’—review

Sometimes you land a book to review that you feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to cover. Even more so when the publication you’re writing for is headed by someone who has been extremely supportive of your writing practice since the early days (that person being the marvellous Scott Esposito). With that said, I present my review of New York-based Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s second novel and third published work, ‘The Story of My Teeth,’ translated by her long-time collaborator Catherine MacSweeney. I hope you enjoy my thoughts enough to go out and buy the book, as I would highly recommend it!

Congratulations to Valeria for her shortlisting for the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Fiction!

Also, my friend Daniel Shea took some wonderful photos of Valeria at her home in New York for the New York Times ‘Writer’s Room’ series. You can see them here.

Bohumil Hrabal ‘The Little Town Where Time Stood Still’

Also this month, I was very pleased to see my second review in print. The London Magazine, a long-standing literary journal based in this fine city, published my review of Czech writer Hrabal’s two-part collection, ‘The Little Town Where Time Stood Still,’ published by NYRB Classics. It was a great pleasure to review this title, and I would definitely recommend it. You can read my review in the Aug/Sept issue of The London Magazine!

Yoss ‘A Planet for Rent’ reviewed in Words Without Borders

A long overdue update! How life gets in the way. I was thrilled to have a chance to review this work of Cuban science-fiction from one of the country’s most legendary purveyors of the genre, Yoss, for Words Without Borders. This is his first work in English, in marvellous translation by David Frye. If you enjoy subversive writing, 80’s sci-fi, and dystopic fiction, I would highly recommend this collection. The publisher, Brooklyn’s Restless Books, have initiated a series of Cuban sci-fi, so head over to their site and check out some of the other titles!

‘The Game for Real’ review in the Times Literary Supplement

I’m incredibly proud to have my print debut in this week’s TLS. Short but sweet, and a milestone for me. It was an honor to review Weiner’s book, which is published by the excellent Two Lines Press and available now! Obviously I suggest you go out and buy a copy of the TLS to read all the other excellent writing featured, but here’s a screencap for those unable to who would still like to read my piece.

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Interview with George Henson

My interview with George Henson, senior lecturer of Spanish at UT Dallas and translator of Sergio Pitol’s The Art of Flight is up now on the Asymptote blog. It was an absolute pleasure speaking with George, who is so passionate about his craft and the promotion of Spanish-language literature.

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