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The TMO Litblog

The TMO litblog is a collection of short posts, reviews, and tweets dedicated to literary fiction and book news.

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

is gangsta rap basically Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry, only with phat beatz instead of fat Geats? # RT @john_self "Every year, 70 readers die and two are replaced. The novel has no audience." – Philip Roth # Are Dublin's literary connections just accidents of birth? # Powered by Twitter Tools.

The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Reading through numerous reviews of Christos Tsiolkas’s novel The Slap helped me clarify why it’s such a particularly strong novel; not because they’re uniformly positive, but because almost all that I’ve read take a strong line on the book – I’ve yet to come across a review that didn’t engage wholeheartedly with the novel, which […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Brand Ireland – Irish novelist ready to 'do the state some service' # Just read, and greatly enjoyed, the first chapter of 'The Frozen Rabbi' by Steve Stern – read it here # Great interview with David Grossman in the UK Observer – # José Saramago – an appreciation (please rt) […]

José Saramago – an appreciation

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

One of the many startling things about José Saramago was that he was an overtly political writer in a literary world in which being political does not pay. Remarkably, at the age of 85 he began a highly controversial blog and these occasional pieces, collected in The Notebook (Verso, 2010) – squibs, memoranda, appreciations of […]

The Frozen Rabbi – by Steve Stern

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I haven’t read more than three chapters of Steve Stern’s The Frozen Rabbi, but I’m moved to blog about it straight away for a couple of good reasons. First off, I just love the title, and the premise of the book. The novel starts with a fifteen year old boy rooting around in his family’s […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Class in the novel – There is an un-American secret at the heart of American culture # Powered by Twitter Tools.

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

On Tiredness and Peter Handke – interesting post by This Space # How to write a novel about consciousness, death, fatherhood and narrative? Invent a chicken-boy! # TheAsylum reviews Emma Donnoghue's Man Booker Longlisted Room – # Is European fiction really dry and academic? # Beyond the shelves of genre – […]

Stories – edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The American Academic Cass R. Sunstein has an interesting argument in his book Revenge of the Blogs, that the abundance of information, choice, and social networking available on the internet ultimately leads to a more restricted closed culture. For a well functioning system of free expression, Sunstein argues, there are certain requirements that go […]

The Resurrectionist – Jack O’Connell

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

So, you want to write a thought-provoking novel about consciousness, death, fatherhood and the role of narrative in our lives? What’s the best way to do it? A stereotypical gothic mansion turned into a health clinic run by a mad scientist doesn’t sound like a promising start.  A split universe setting whose hero is chick, […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Great essay on David Foster Wallace, by Wyatt Mason (NYRB) – # Powered by Twitter Tools.