Reading to LiveBy Jenny Hendrix
Elif Batumans first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, is nominally a collection of essays but reads like the fragmentary record of a quest. Batuman, like Roberto Bolaños detectives, is in search of a literary puzzle in the convergence zone between literature and life.
Laying the GroundworkBy Jenny Hendrix
There is a moment in everyones life when suddenly, with brutal, unflinching clarity, you know that you will die. Mortality becomes suddenly tangible, claustrophobic, andyou realize in animalistic panicnonnegotiable.