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This the grave of John O’Hara. Born in 1905 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to a well-off Irish-American family, O’Hara was a bit of an outsider in the elite circles his family allowed him to move in, due to being an Irish-Catholic in a very WASPy time. He went to fancy prep schools. But then his father […]

V.S. Naipaul, RIP

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On August 11, 2018

The great writer and Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul has died. Naipaul could be controversial and I sometimes thought his portrayals of non-whites could actually be near-racist themselves, especially

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This is the grave of Bernard Malamud. Born in 1914 in Brooklyn, Malamud graduated from City College in 1936 and received a master’s degree from Columbia in 1942. Beginning in 1949, he taught 4 courses a semester of freshman writing at Oregon State University, a task that I do not envy especially to a bunch […]

House of Earth

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On February 5, 2013
Wow. As of today, Woody Guthrie’s previously unpublished 1947 novel, House of Earth is available for us to purchase. Finished in 1947 and lost to readers until now, House of Earth is Woody Guthrie’s only fully realized novel—a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, filled with the homespun lyricism and authenticity that have made his […]

Roth

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On November 9, 2012

Philip Roth, the greatest American writer of his era, claims to have retired. In the end, this might be a good thing, assuming he really retires. While his 90s and early 2000s resurgence was brilliant

Saramago

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On March 15, 2012

Guernica is publishing a Jose Saramago short story in two parts. Here is the first. There’s not much left unpublished from the great writer I presume. This story is part of a collection of short

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