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On Book Reviewing Course


On Book Reviewing Course

Publications of students from “On Book Reviewing” in Spring, 2015

François Kiper

"The Froth Estate: VICE’s Cult of Immersion" Los Angeles Review of Books, 21 March 2015

From Past Courses:

Yulia Greyman

"Literary Mixtapes: PW Talks with John Keene," Publishers Weekly, Mar 27, 2015

Review: "Kidding Ourselves" by Joseph T. Hallinan Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2014

"Contents of Consciousness: PW Talks with Kimberly Elkin" Publishers WeeklyMar. 21, 2014

"In the Land of the Free Brain" Open Letters Monthly

"Answers to All Our Questions: PW Talks with Sarah Cromwell" Publishers Weekly, Oct. 25, 2013

“Book Review: An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky” Open Letters Monthly, Sept. 6, 2013
“A Prose Piece for Your Gaps: Robert Walser's Short Works” Open Letters Monthly, Sept. 1, 2013
“In Prague on an Errand” Open Letters Monthly, Aug. 1, 2013

Anna King

“American Savage by Dan Savage,” Time Out New York, May 22, 2013
“The Fog of Pot," Los Angeles Review of Books, August 3, 2013

"Marijuana Gets the Green Light," Los Angeles Review of Books, May 25, 2014

Evelina Mendelevich


Tom Moran

"The Man in the Bowler Hat," The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Peer


Jane Shmidt

‘“A Reputable Outlaw.”’ Touche: The Duel in Literature by John Leigh. Open Letters Monthly, 1 August 2015

“The Pangs.” On Romantic Love by Berit Brogaard. Open Letters Monthly, 1 June 2015

“Review: Rosamund Bartlett's translation of 'Anna Karenina.'” The Chicago Tribune, 12 December 2014

“A Place Out of a Story Book.” The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal. Open Letters Monthly, 1 March 2014

“Muses Far From Home.” The Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar. Open Letters Monthly, 1 January 2014

Guest Lecturers in the Course

February 7: Michael Shae, The New York Review of Books
February 21: Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times Book Review.
February 28: Henry Finder, The New Yorker
March 7: Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times
March 14: Ann Kjerllberg, The New York Review of Books.
March 21: Radhika Jones, Time
April 4: Robert Messenger, The Wall Street Journal.
April 18: Steven Metcalf, author and reviewer.
April 25: Hugh Eakin, The New York Review of Books.
May 2: Colm Toibin, author and reviewer.
May 9: Mark Lilla, author and reviewer.
May 16: Daphne Merkin, author and reviewer.

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