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‘The Novel Today’: Panel discussion with Mikhail Shishkin, Yoko Tawada, Georg Klein

In January this year I hosted a panel discussion with the writers Mikahil Shishkin, Yoko Tawada and Georg Klein about various aspects of the novel. A video of the event is finally available (German with English subtitles), though Frau Tawada’s … Continue reading

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Translation from Antonella Anedda

È scesa la notte di una domenica notte di un tavolo con la tovaglia cerata e strade in salita e inghiottite da buio. Non nevica da giorni. Il marciapiede asciuga sui suoi fianchi schegge di asfalto e fischio morto di … Continue reading

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Love’s Novelty / Berlin, 03.05.14

Love’s Novelty for mg. My love, you do distrust my love for it had beginning, & so bounded will have end. How could I prove the contrary, save to deny my birth, my death, & with the breath that this … Continue reading

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“How Should a Person Be?”: Sheila Heti’s imaginative philosophy

I have a piece up at The Point on “imaginative philosophy” in Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? This is an attempt to put into practice the kind of reading implied by Cora Diamond’s work on meta-ethics and literature, … Continue reading

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Translation from Tsvetaeva

Солнце — одно, а шагает по всем городам. Солнце — мое. Я его никому не отдам. Ни на час, ни на луч, ни на взгляд.— Никому. Никогда! Пусть погибают в бессменной ночи города! В руки возьму!— Чтоб не смело вертеться … Continue reading

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10 Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity

1. Work harder, not smarter We all flatter ourselves that we’re intelligent. We characterize our innate lethargy as a privilege won by our foxy wiles. “Work smarter, not harder” basically means: spend two hours on YouTube then skim your reading … Continue reading

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Getting to the desk: Lars Iyer on writing and (not) on dignity

Here’s an excellent interview with Lars Iyer (of Spurious) in which he says two things that particularly stuck me. The first is about writing:  It is only by returning to our creative projects, over and over again, that we can achieve anything by … Continue reading

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