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Joe Brainard’s collected works

The sui generis artist and writer Joe Brainard invented a literary form.
Pleasure principle
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  April 27, 2012
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Musician + Author = Crap

On Tuesday, musician Ben Folds (formerly of the Five) and rock-obsessed novelist Nick Hornby ( High Fidelity ) released a collaborative record called Lonely Avenue . The result of this musical-literary team-up isn't excruciating.
Worst of Both Worlds
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 01, 2010
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Fall Books Preview: Getting booked

Two Sedarises, two New Yorker favorites, and a famous neurologist are among the highlights of this fall’s book events.
 Readings, festivals, and other seasonal literary events
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 17, 2010
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Invisible playmates

To judge from the titles of some of his recent novels — The Book of Illusion s, Oracle Night , Man in the Dark , and now Invisible — Paul Auster's fiction is receding, Samuel Beckett style, into non-existence.
Paul Auster makes promiscuity a virtue
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009
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Tall tales

This fall brings fiction and poetry lovers new treats from old friends.
Novelists and poets set fancies flying
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 18, 2009
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Plain spoken

In American prose, there is a plain style, a child of the 20th century, descending from Hemingway and Cather. The best New Yorker writers — James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, Janet Malcolm — have it.
Colm Tóibín's see-through prose
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 19, 2009


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Giving good gimmick

To sustain a literary magazine over decades it pays to have a gimmick.
Granta at 30
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 12, 2009
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War correspondent

So here he goes again, the writer known as Paul Auster, starting yet another novel, this time with the words “I am alone in the dark.”
Paul Auster sheds light on Man in the Dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2008

Wrestle in peace

In a life of many garlands and much renown, it was Mailer’s strange engagement with literary destiny always to be trapped on the wrong side of his art.
Remembering Mailer, the blustery king of American letters
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 14, 2007
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Reading with Paul Auster

In his introduction to Paul Auster 's reading at the Brattle Theatre, poet and Phoenix contributor William Corbett compared Auster 's lastest novel, Travels in the Scriptorium , to an episode of the Twilight Zone .
Video: Paul Auster reads from Travels in the Scriptorium, January 30, 2007 at the Brattle Theatre
By BOSTON.TV  |  February 17, 2007