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“If we do not root ourselves in others’ hearts, / our lives are spent on the periphery.” - Averill Curdy

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Jonathan Franzen, Marilynne Robinson, Etgar Keret, and more from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

  • As she was writing her most recent biography, Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli, Daisy Hay spent hours in the basement of the Bodleian Library in Oxford trying to untangle the relationship between one of Great Britain’s foremost politicians, Benjamin Disraeli, and his eccentric wife, Mary Anne. Here she recounts one of her more peculiar discoveries and ponders a tumble down an unexpected “archival rabbit hole.”

  • Since 1922, almost all English-language readers have encountered Marcel Proust by way of the translator C. K. Scott Moncrieff, who wrestled with Proust’s seven-volume masterpiece—published as Remembrance of Things Past—until his death in 1930. Yet little was known about him—publicly a debonair man of letters and celebrated war hero, Scott Moncrieff was Catholic and homosexual, secretly a spy in Mussolini’s Italy, and a partygoer who was lonely deep down. Now, for the first time, his great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, has given us a vibrant portrait of this brilliant translator and his era in her moving biography, Chasing Lost Time. The following is an excerpt of the introduction.

  • We’ve rounded up some of the best of what our authors have been doing, reading, and thinking this week.

Quotes
  • “We narrate our lives as we live them, making sense of the chaos by organizing our experiences.”

    Nelly Reifler

  • “I want to be honest with readers, that is my pact with them.”

    Jonathan Franzen

  • “Don’t go to events; go to the receptions after the events. If possible, skip the receptions and go to the afterparties, where you can have a real conversation with someone.”

    Sarah Manguso

  • “Sip your coffee in the warm glow of first light. This is not writing. This is the idea of writing. Go back to bed.”

    Aaron Hirsh

  • “I really do believe literary fiction as a genre is more backward- than forward-looking. I suspect it believes in inevitability more than contingency. I fear it prefers memories to plans.”

    Robin Sloan

  • “My joy is the joy of the Trickster. It’s the joy of Loki. It’s the joy of the Coyote, because I know it’s an unstable system, and it will be overthrown, no matter how majestic it is.”

    Sjón

  • “Americans continue to visit Paris not just for Paris, but for ‘Paris.’ As if out of some collective nostalgia for what Paris should be, more than what it is. For someone else’s memories.”

    Rosecrans Baldwin