Your Face This Spring Participants

If you’re planning on attempting Javier Marias’s trilogy with me–starting next week–please drop me a short email between now and then (you’ll find the address on my “about” page.)

Nothing major, I just want to say hi to everyone who’s on board, do a little impromptu e-introduction, etc. Basically see who you budding Mariasistas are.

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Looking forward to getting started. Ive already read Vol 1 but I have 2&3 sitting on the shelf ready and waiting. If this turns out to be a success I would really like Conversational Reading to have more reading projects/groups like this in the future. Focusing on longer works that are complex, rewarding, and providing the much needed kick in the pants that readers sometimes need when faced with enormous page counts. Along the lines of: The Tunnel-William Gass, Imperial-William Vollmann, Mortals-Norman Rush, etc. Just a thought.


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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