Category Archives: Fiction

Lydia Davis’s ‘Madame Bovary’

Lydia Davis recently translated Gustav Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. New York magazine has this profile. Advertisements

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Against Metaphor

An essay, by Alain Robbe-Grillet, on the hazards of metaphor.

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Del Rigor en la Ciencia

Original recording of Jorge Luís Borges. On Exactitude in Science …In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the … Continue reading

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“things that are poetic merely by implying a destiny”

“Sometimes the autobiographical, personal substance, like a heart beating deep, disappears behind the accidents that incarnate it. There are occasional compositions or lines that are inexplicably pleasing: their images barely approximate, are never to the point; the story they tell … Continue reading

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Quotation and reference in Lydia Davis’s “The Walk”

In “The Walk,” Lydia Davis refers to a review of her translation of Swan’s Way, volume one of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. She also compares a passage from her translation with C.K. Scott Montkrieff’s canonical translation of … Continue reading

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Readings for 10/18

UPDATE: The Lydia Davis story is now in pdf, and is a bit more readable. For Monday, your key readings are this and the short Borges piece. We’ll focus on these for discussion. We’ll be drawing from the Pickles and … Continue reading

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Manifesto of the International Necronautical Society (‘INS’)

Above is an image of the first INS manifesto, which was published in 1999 in The (London) Times. The INS is a ‘semi-fictional’ organization. Here is a link to their website. The novelist Tom McCarthy  (General Secretary, INS) interviews the philosopher … Continue reading

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“Deconstructing the Map”

Here is a link to download J.B. Harley’s “Deconstructing the Map,” which we’ll be discussing on September 13. I thought people might be interested in reading a review James Wood wrote of David Foster Wallace’s short story collection Oblivion alongside … Continue reading

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