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John D’Agata Guggenheim Fellow

One of the few names I recognized on the list of new Guggenheim Fellows is John D’Agata, who of course is doing incredible things with the essay form.

So now would be the proper time to link to the essay I wrote about him last year.

John D’Agata and Cesar Aira

Two pieces of mine both went online elsewhere:

My review/essay of Cesar Aira’s The Literary Conference at Abu Dhabi’s English-language newspaper The National

And about 6,000 words of mine on John D’Agata, centered around his About a Mountain, which I have deeply mixed feelings about


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


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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