Friday, December 16, 2005

Georges Perec
The December-January edition of Bookforum is hot off the press, and its free online content includes an overview of Georges Perec and his work by James Gibbon: "The Letter Vanishes: Puzzlemaker and Polymath Georges Perec Wrote His Novels as if Literature Were a Game." Gibbon describes Perec as "that inimitable amalgam of Kafka and the daily crossword, whose sensibility spans opposing poles of profundity and artifice."

Also worth reading is Hazel Rowley's article on the way in which black writer Richard Wright was destroyed by the "50s culture wars".