Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Let the cold winds blow--we'e got reading to do!

The Winter issue of the Quarterly Conversation is here!

Some highlights:
  • Geoff Maturin reviews Ananios of Kleitor, a strange, inventive, and admirable book of scholarship about an ancient Greek poet . . . who never existed.
  • Not to be outdone, Damion Searls writes about the best Japanese writer you've never heard of, Yasushi Inoue. Searls writes, "Certainly no Japanese writer between Natsume Soseki and Haruki Murakami, in my view, including Japan’s two excellent Nobel prize winners, gives such intense and consistent literary pleasure."
  • Matt Jakubowski offers a lengthy article whose title gives a sense of his vexed, extended engagement with the work at hand: "Spoiler, Or, A Reckoning with Sentimental Habits by way of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet." Jakubwoski wrestles with the genius of Durrell and the evil of Durrell in equal parts; I'm only midway through that article, and thus far I'm not sure whether I'm going to leave it more or less likely to read Durrell, whose books have been sitting on my shelf giving me a decadent eye for a while now.
And there's much, much more. Now you have no excuse for going outside in this horrible weather!


  1. Here's to decadent eyes! My own copies of the Alexandria novels have been smugly tacit for over a decade. I may just follow you in your pursuit.

  2. Matt Jakubowski11:56 AM

    Thanks for checking out my essay on Durrell. If you guys do end up reading the Quartet together with shared online commentary, let me know. I'd love to re-read the books together and see what everyone thinks. The Alexandria books are worthwhile and Durrell's 'evil,' to quote Levi, adds a twist to the experience.

  3. Anonymous10:11 AM

    ? evil. stated as though it is a fact. An accusation isn't necessarily true however many times it is repeated. And who, with more than one brain cell, believes everything they read in the papers?