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Summer Big Read

I’ll be doing a Big Read on this site in June. More details on that next week. It’ll be a very cool book, & one familiar to longtime readers.

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Let the guessing begin. I’ll posit Fernando del Paso’s News From the Empire (or perhaps his earlier Palinuro of Mexico).

Oh cool! Can’t wait to see what it will be. News From the Empire would be fun. I’ve had it on my shelf for a year or two and I’ve yet to read it. Same thing with Carlos Fuentes’ Terra Nostra. Same thing with Imperial. Basically, I’m saying any of these books would be extremely convenient for me, but if it’s not one of these, then I suppose I’ll have an excuse to buy another book. I’m always excited for a big read.

Are you doing A Naked Singularity now that it’s being properly published?


The Surrender is Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning his lifelong desire to be a woman.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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