Quote of the Week | Rita Dove

The New York Times Magazine recently named Rita Dove as its new poetry editor, succeeding current poetry editor Terrance Hayes in July 2018. Since editor Jake Silverstein created the poetry editor position in 2014, three poets have held the position with Dove coming in as the fourth. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Rita Dove”

Quote of the Week | Gerald Murnane

Chances are you’ve never heard of this author or the South Australian town he comes from. The Paris Review called the man “one of the most original and brilliant writers at work today,” and The New Yorker called his third novel, The Plains, written in 1982 and reissued in 2017, a “bizarre masterpiece that can feel less like something you’ve read than something you’ve dreamed.”

Gerald Murnane, 79, has 13 books to his name, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux set to release his final novel, Border Districts, in North America tomorrow on April 3. Described as a “bittersweet farewell to the world and the word,” the work is “a hypnotic, precise, and self-lacerating ‘report’ on a life led as an avid reader, fumbling lover, ‘student of mental imagery,’ and devout believer—but a believer not in the commonplaces of religion, but rather in the luminescence of memory and its handmaiden, literature.”

Today, Murnane spends his days bartending in Goroke, Victoria, Australia, a village-esque outpost with a population of just 200. The second twist to this story? The author is rumored to be named the next Nobel Laureate in Literature. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Gerald Murnane”