Barry Schwabsky

Post image for Reader’s Diary: Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘The Patrick Melrose Novels’ (Continued)

When I left off last week I was halfway through this quartet of low-life-in-the-midst-of-high-life novels, dissatisfied with the series’ prelude, Never Mind, but encouraged by the relative superiority of book two, Bad News.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘The Patrick Melrose Novels’

To begin reading a contemporary novel isn’t easy, if you’re not in the habit.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Franklin Bruno’s ‘Armed Forces’

I keep wondering whether it’s really possible to write at length and in depth about this kind of music.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Daniel Hoffman’s ‘Next to Last Words’

On its last day of existence — or, more particularly, on a day after its last day, when it reopened just for this purpose — the St. Mark’s Bookshop sold off all of its remaining stock at $2 a copy.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Maurizio Lazzarato’s ‘The Making of the Indebted Man’

Debt is the crux where economics and morality intersect.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Mary Mothersill’s ‘Beauty Restored’

Last summer I found this copy of a book I’d long been curious about on the “discard” shelves of the East Hampton Library.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Juliana Spahr’s ‘That Winter the Wolf Came’

Poetry not always but periodically seeks its upper limit — music, as readers of Louis Zukofsky know — and that includes Juliana Spahr’s.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘The Long Road of Sand’ 

Sometimes you get to know writers best in their minor works; a commissioned text can disclose more than an obsessively personal project.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Bernadette Mayer’s ‘Sonnets’

My editors asked me for notes on books I’d been reading — about three hundred words. I’ve already figured out that it’s not in me to be quite that concise.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Jaimy Gordon’s ‘Lord of Misrule’

Jaimy Gordon passed through my field of vision some time in the early 1980s.

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