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Sergio de la Pava Interview

Over at their slick new redesigned website, Hermano Cerdo has interviewed Sergio de la Pava, well-known to readers of this site (for more see here and here) as the author of A Naked Singularity.

One of the delights of this interview is that, I believe, it identifies this very site as a “underground gringo blog” to which no one pays attention:

Y el rumor se expande de blog subterraneo gringo en blog subterraneo gringo (de esos que le prestan atención a lo que nadie le presta atención) y con cada iteración el rumor gana sustancia.

Here’s a nice Q & A:

Estás en un bar como este, hablando de todo y nada, y de pronto alguien, un tipo corpulento y un tanto amanerado, dice que el boxeo es un deporte bárbaro que debe ser prohibido. ¿Cómo le explicarías a ese alguien la belleza del boxeo? ¿Has tenido crisis morales al respecto?

No me considero un bárbaro pero tampoco los juzgo porque me siento capaz. Como tal vez todo lo humano, el boxeo tiene más de feo que de bello. (Y si quieres ver fealdad genuina, mira el MMA, lo cual hace ver el boxeo como ajedrez). Sin embargo me parece una actividad necesaria y lo explico con más detalle en un ensayo que apareció en Triple Canopy Magazine. 1 (La existencia de ese ensayo es posiblemente la mejor prueba de que sí he tenido la “crisis moral” a la que te refieres). Aquí diré que para mí el boxeo es algo como lo opuesto del arte y eso no es una crítica. ¿Puedo amar algo y su opuesto a la misma vez? Más que la actividad, amo a alguien como Wilfred Benitez (todos tus lectores deberían enterarse sobre este hombre y ayudarlo si pueden), porque cuando veo sus peleas siento como si lo conociera y como si me acecara a él de manera similar a cuando leo letras y palabras bellamente organizadas. No sé que estoy diciendo, me estás ganando y posiblemente no me levantaré del banquillo para enfrentar lo que sigue y así evitar daño permanente.

Popular Amazon Purchases, January – April 2011

As I do every so often on this site, time to run down popular purchases made on Amazon by readers of Conversational Reading. (For previous reader faves, see here.)

Here we go, in order to sales rank:

Life A User’s Manual by Georges Perec

No surprises that, by far, the most popular item purchased in the past few months has been the subject of the current Big Read. Thanks to everyone who is participating!

A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava

Self-published phenom A Naked Singularity continues to be a popular book with readers of this site. And with The Quarterly Conversation previewing an excerpt from his new book, Personae, perhaps we’ll have another favorite.

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Wallace fans are die-hards. Despite my reservations about this book, readers of this site are still snapping up Wallace’s final offering.

Zone by Mathias Enard

My endorsement of this massive, challenging French novel (and my interview with its translator) seems to have spurred some readers of this site. Good for them!

The Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin

This is one of the books I’ve featured on my Interesting New Books in 2011 page. Plus Sorokin is a pretty big deal, and this is probably his biggest and best book.

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Chalk up another one to a combination of a big author and a listing on the Interesting Books page. But how ugly is this cover?

“A” by Louis Zukofsky

This one pretty clearly goes back to this post I did about “the Ulysses of poetry.”

The Preparation of the Novel by Roland Barthes

I would attribute this to my interview with the book’s translator, and this blog’s great following among Barthesians everywhere.

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer

Some recent discussion of this book plus a listing on the Interesting New Books page probably did the trick.

For previous reader faves, see here.

Excerpt from Personae by Sergio De La Pava

I’m told that Sergio De La Pava’s new novel, Personae, will soon be going up on Amazon. You can currently get it at Xlibris. (If you don’t know why this is all important, see this, then this.)

Sergio and his wife have allowed up to publish the first eight pages of Personae up at The Quarterly Conversation.

I have to admit that I’m damn curious about this book. The whole mini-furor over A Naked Singularity is different from most anything I’ve seen surrounding a recent work of fiction. (I suppose Evan Dara achieving a review of his self-published second novel, The Easy Chain, in Bookforum by Tom LeClair would be about the closest comparison.) I hope to read both of De La Pava’s books in the upcoming months.

And as previously noted, if you’d like to thank me for what goes up on these sites all year, this is the week I’m badgering everyone for pledges.

More De La Pava On the Way

Sergio De La Pava’s self-published novel A Naked Singularity has been mighty popular around here, so a lot of you will be thrilled to hear that he’s got another one coming out. This one will be titled Personae, and it shouldn’t be too long before it’s available.


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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