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Lydia Davis

8 Writers on Facing the Blank Page

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Books
Louisiana Channel

"It's like a slightly overweight, bald boss saying: 'Oy, get to work! You're supposed to be a writer, aren't you? You can't just sit around on your fa...

Colin Barrett's "Anhedonia, Here I Come"

Francis Levy | Posted 04.27.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

The brilliance of Colin Barrett's short story about a dyspeptic poet (who refers to his neighborhood as "a budget version of the afterlife," is descri...

A Few Good Writing Tips from Award Winner Lydia Davis

L.L. Barkat | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
L.L. Barkat

What to leave in, what to leave out. Writing is not just all we remember. It is choice.

Lydia Davis: All I Get Out of Three Cows

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"I have studied Zen buddhism quite a bit and I know about the ideal about being able to emptying ones mind and simply be without busy activity, so I suppose that I envy them a little bit that they have achieved that without even trying."

Lydia Davis: Reading 'Goodbye Louise'

Louisiana Channel | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Louisiana Channel

"Linda, Lyidia, Lindon, Lyda..." The acclaimed American short story writer Lydia Davis reads an ongoing piece of writing -- 'a false autobiography' -- of mistakes made about her name and profession. It's funny!

See What This Popular Book Might've Looked Like

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, former Faber & ...

American Short Story Author Wins Major Fiction Prize

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books

* Short story author wins Man Booker International Prize * Lydia Davis was inspired by Proust's monumental work (Adds winner's quot...

Book Cover Design: Where The Cover Of Your Favorite Novel Comes From

The Atlantic | CHARLOTTE STRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Every three months or so, we gather together. In our hands, launch meeting packets still hot off the copy machine. Our editor-in-chief sits at the hea...

Lydia Davis: Miniatures from a Mind on Fire (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Theo Cote photoLydia Davis keeps popping up in conversation as a favorite writer of our favorite writers -- Rae Armantrout, the Pulitzer poet, among t...

The Guardian Picks The 5 Best Lines From The Year's Best Books

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"A precocious anarchist, at 13 Sherman told me he was going to strip naked, except for a skullcap and an attaché case, then stump into Grodzinski's, ...

Madame Bovary: The Exquisite Corpse

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

As I've been reading this new Davis translation of Madame Bovary, familiar feelings have come rushing back to me. I always hope things will turn out differently, and this translation is no exception.

Why Is Emma Bovary So Misunderstood?

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The author of minimalist short stories, Davis would seem an unlikely match for Flaubert, with his love of metaphor and obsession with detail. In compa...

New York Review: The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Review Of Books Dan Chiasson The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 733 pp., $30.00 1. Lydia ...

Book Review Round-Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Your weekly book review round-up: The Wild Things, Dave Eggers The San Francisco Chronicle The reader knows from the picture book how the story will...

New Yorker Writer James Wood's Best Books Of 2009

The New Yorker | James Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I was excited, this year, by Lydia Davis's "Collected Stories" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a beautiful collection of original writings. Though Davis is...

The New Yorker's Best Books Of The Year

The New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Reviewers' favorites from 2009....