Worth Reading Recently

Weekly Reader

  • The Guardian on interactive fiction, partnerships between authors and game developers, and a little bit of Douglas Adams.
  • Laurie Halse Anderson is interviewed for her new novel Wintergirls.
  • Open Letters reviews a recently Broadway performance of Waiting For Godot.
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick on the recent collaboration between HASTAG and MLA on new tenure guidelines.
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  • The New Yorker on Dracula and other Vampire related media.
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s very moving tribute to her colleague David Foster Wallace.
  • Performing Subjectivities: Multi-Mimesis in These Waves of Girls
  • Jeanette Winterson reviews the new edition of Cosmicomics.
  • The Guardian interviews Feministing’s Jessica Valenti.
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  • New York Times on Orwell’s diaries being blogged on WordPress.
  • Christopher Sorrentino reviews John Barth’s new novel in Bookforum.
  • A book of letters between Bernard Henri Levy and Michel Houellebecq will be published soon.
  • An interesting “first person” piece in The Guardian about asexuality.
  • Alice Ferrebe’s Digital Orientalism: Japan & Electronic Literature.
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    Here is the last few weekend’s worth of weekend reading…


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    • Simon Armitage discusses his new translation of Sir Gawain & The Green Knight over at The Guardian:

    The poem is also a ghost story, a thriller, a romance, an adventure story and a morality tale. For want of a better word, it is also a myth, and like all great myths of the past its meanings seem to have adapted and evolved, proving itself eerily relevant 600 years later. As one example, certain aspects of Gawain’s situation seem oddly redolent of a more contemporary predicament, namely our complex and delicate relationship with the natural world. The Gawain poet had never heard of climate change and was not a prophet anticipating the onset of global warming. But medieval society lived hand in hand with nature, and nature was as much an enemy as a friend. It is not just for decoration that the poem includes passages relating to the turning of the seasons, or detailed accounts of the landscape, or graphic descriptions of our dealings with the animal kingdom. The knight who throws down the challenge at Camelot is both ghostly and real. Supernatural, yes, but also flesh and blood. He is something in the likeness of ourselves, and he is not purple or orange or blue with yellow stripes. Gawain must negotiate a deal with a man who wears the colours of the leaves and the fields. He must strike an honest bargain with this manifestation of nature, and his future depends on it.