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Writers from Alice Walker to Michael Ondaatje to Claire Messud share their thoughts on one of the most vital...
The Norton/Liveright Fall 17 catalog is up! New books from Claire Messud, Stephen Greenblatt, Danielle Allen & more.
"the oeuvre of Alice Neel attracts ever greater interest, seems only ever more relevant" Claire Messud on Alice Neel
Very nice review by Claire Messud! Exhibition Alice Neel - Collector of Souls on view from 5.11
Behind the pay wall but worth it, find it. Claire Messud on Chronicle of a Last Summer in
Our Summer 2016 Issue, guest-edited by novelist Claire Messud and critic James Wood, is available now!
So much more likely to be Claire Messud than Jhumpa Lahiri
well, that is the question. Maggie Nelson? Claire Messud? Zadie Smith? It'd take some work to hone in & calibrate
"Broadchurch written by Elena Ferrante" Claire Messud on Only £1.99 on Kobo!
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage, both totally gripping
3 of 5 stars to The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
We read to find life, in all its possibilities. Claire Messud
"Chronicle of a Last Summer wastes no words." Claire Messud on
“will open your eyes... to experiences, issues, and emotions previously unconsidered.” -Claire Messud
As any of us approaches middle age, we inevitably come up against our limitations: the realiz
Claire Messud - The Woman Upstairs, Julian Barnes - Sense of an Ending, John Scalzi - Lock In (read by Amber Benson not Wheaton)
Lovely essay by Claire Messud about memory, loss, place
The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors by Maria Popova Why Tolstoy is 11.6% better than Shakespeare. “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers — including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett,Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, andJoyce Carol Oates — “to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time– novels, story collections, plays, or poems.” Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any list — so, a book that tops a list at number one receives 10 points, and a book that graces the bott ...
David Mitchell, Claire Messud, and a book about space exploration rounded out our week. How was yours?
Library haul: Actors Anonymous by James Franco (which I will either hate-read or unwillingly enjoy), The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman, Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich, and The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders.
Claire Messud: November 7 of this year marks Albert Camus’s centenary. The artist and essayist has consistently held the reading public’s admiration and imagination. But his attitudes on the Algerian question remain controversial. The recent publication, for the first time in English, of his Algerian Chronicles affords Camus the belated opportunity to make his own case to the Anglophone public. Camus & Algeria: The Moral Question
I love that so far all Claire Messud's literary references are known & loved by me: Dostovesky, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Ellison
The only thing that's making me feel less miserable about the hellishly long flight I'm soon boarding back to the US is that a whole bunch of writers I adore will be on the plane with me (Sheila Heti, Claire Messud, James Wood, etc). I'm going to make them play that game where each of us writes a sentence and then passes it on to the next person. We'll have a book by the time we touch down in LA.
Claire Messud lived in Sydney as a child - has vivid memories of that important time
Claire Messud will be in Sydney this month off the back of her brilliant new book, The Woman Upstairs. We can't wait.
A recent interview with author Claire Messud raises questions about how gender affects reading.
Do you like Jonathan Franzen's characters? David Foster Wallace's? Roth? Then stop asking Claire Messud about hers
With , Claire Messud boldly goes into territory more commonly embraced by her male counterparts.
Feels like all the books I've ever preordered were shipped this month. Claire Messud, Jean Thompson & David Sedaris on deck.
Claire Messud's Furious Follow-Up: Ms. Messud, 46, is married to the book critic James Wood. They live in Camb...
Claire Messud and James Wood, the first couple of American fiction:
Read an interview with Claire Messud and reviews of Kate Atkinson, John le Carre, Patrick Ness and more. In the Age books pages. Saturday.
These quotes are mainly in-house (various people at Penguin ) so they are perhaps less objective and more partisan than actual reviews. But they're encouraging none-the-less. And all part of the 'buzz' necessary to get this baby up and running. This is an internal memo from my editor Will Hammond to the Penguin Group. "Early buzz for our Spring blockbuster The Aftermath (2 May) is building. Alongside the two marvellous quotes we have received from Sadie Jones and Claire Messud -- “Rhidian Brook takes a piece of history I thought I knew well and breaks it open; The Aftermath is a compelling, surprising and moving novel” Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast “Rhidian Brook’s arresting novel brings vividly to life a little-told aspect of World War II: its aftermath. His story – energetically and authoritatively told – is unsettling and compelling, suffused with suffering and, mercifully, some hope.” Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children -- there has been an incredible in-house respon . ...
Getting ready for the weekend! What's everyone reading? I'm educating myself with Will Gompertz's delightful history of modern art, 'What Are You Looking At?' Team member Rose is reading the upcoming Claire Messud, 'The Woman Upstairs,' and New Intern Nick claims HE'S reading Balzac IN FRENCH. I believe him, but now I feel like I've wasted my life.
Got to hang out with some cool authors like Claire Messud, Justin Torres, and Richard Ford at yesterday's Boston Book Festival, followed by a jaunt to hurricane-paranoid New York to snuggle with Alexandra Victoria Allwine. Worse things have happened.
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