• Swimming Through These Pages Sometimes you pick up a book simply because it is a beautiful work of art. SWIMMING STUDIES, by Leanne Shapton, is just such a book. I dove into this book, feeling as though I was privy to each memory, each vignette as an intimate detail of her artful and measured life. Once a competitive swimmer who participated […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 10, 2012
  • Slash: Paper Under the Knife Artist Georgia Russell uses a scalpel to cut minute sections of a book into pieces, creating fantastical sculptures from books, maps, photographs, and music scores. Her work is stunning, interesting, and inspired. Her gallery, England & Co writes: Russell slashes, cuts and dissects printed matter, which she then manipulates and re-constructs into extravagant, ornamental, sculptural paper-works. The […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 4, 2012
  • Five September Book Releases to Watch NW by Zadie Smith, September 4, 2012 Penguin Press writes: “This is the story of a city. The northwest corner of a city. Here you’ll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all.  And many people in between… Depicting the modern urban […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 31, 2012
  • Hadley Deserved Better Than This THE PARIS WIFE, by Paula McLain, is a story about love, longing, ambition, success, and betrayal. Meticulously researched and carefully written, it fictionalizes the courtship, marriage, and eventual marital destruction of Hadley Richardson and her beau, Ernest Hemingway. The novel brings us into the roaring 20’s in Paris, alights our imagination with anecdotes of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 30, 2012
  • From the Desk of Literary Affairs In our constant efforts to provide our readers with timely reporting on all things literary, we recently commissioned the highly inquisitive cub reporter, Ronald Templeton, to venture to Brooklyn and wire back a report on the literary scene. Unfortunately, due to the economy, we could not provide Tempeton with anything other than a typewriter, one piece of […] theepicpoet 0 Comments August 29, 2012
  • Get Your Nose into a Book Thanks to flavorwire, we’ve discovered a hyptnotic series by photographer Lissy Elle Laricchia entitled “Get Back In Your Books” in which she shares “a collection of characters who strive to stay in the real world.” These striking photographs of Alice, Belle, Wendy, and other fairy tale characters with their nose or toes in books, is most definitely worth […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 22, 2012
  • Poetry Review: Learning By Rote by Martina Reisz Newberry There are certain things that we, as readers, have grown to expect from poetry. For the most part, these things center on an unabashed honesty from the poet, a transformation of ourselves in light of their words, and most importantly a revelatory portrait of the world in which we live. It takes special writers to […] Literary Man 0 Comments August 14, 2012
  • Art and Martinis: These Are the Prettiest Walls of New York Last night, after dining with legendary translator Gregory Rabassa and his most lovely wife Clementine in the heat of our New York Summer, we needed to find a place where we could process all that we had seen and heard. Professor Rabassa had been lively and  witty, full of praise for Proust, Thomas Mann, and of […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 10, 2012
  • Inside Coney Island’s Decrepit Movie Palace Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) In CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Constantly risking absurdity/ and death/ whenever he performs/ above the heads/ of his audience/ the poet like an acrobat/ climbs on rime/ to a high wire of his own making/ and balancing on eyebeams/ above a sea of faces/ paces his way/ […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 3, 2012
  • Iconic Literary Man Georges Perec Today we honor Literary Man Georges Perec, French novelist, filmmaker, and essayist. Perec’s masterpiece, LIFE: A USER’S MANUAL or LA VIE MODE D’EMPLO, was published in 1978 and brought him critical success. This book, combined with his previous successes won him the Prix Médicis, a prominent French literary award which honors an author whose “fame does […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 3, 2012