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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The repulsive, vomit-inducing salmagundi “salad” and the literary journal’s namesake

You may or may not know this, but Bob and Peg Boyers (the Jay-Z/Beyoncé power-couple of the Skidmore English Department) have published a very important and influential literary journal called Salmagundi for the better part of fifty years.

…AND NOW IT’S ON TUMBLR.

The lovely and fashionable Laura Naparstek ’13 runs this, and it all looks pretty solid and together. She’s basically posting old, interesting articles, essays, poems, and excerpts from the Salmagundi archives. You can then reblog them, impressing your nine followers with your worldliness and appreciation for high-culture and maybe getting yourself laid (maybe).

(via Salmagundi)

Boyers in Lapham’s Quarterly

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

English professor and editor of Salmagundi, Robert Boyers, has been published in jack-of-all-trades literary magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly. The essay–titled “Between the Lines“— is a real doozy, examining the relationship between politics and the novel.

“Politics, in novels we can admire, must always pit ideas against the world as it exists, or might conceivably exist, and allow at every turn for contradiction and irresolution. Irving Howe got it right when he spoke of “the vast respect which the great novelist is ready to offer to the whole idea of opposition, the opposition he needs to allow for in his book against his own predispositions and yearnings and fantasies.” To think of politics and the novel without bearing in mind that commitment to “opposition” is to miss more or less entirely what is central to our great and familiar subject.”

The essay is basically a summary of Boyers’ “Political Novel” class. Even if you’ve taken it, you should still read the essay, because it’s very good.

(via Lapham’s Quarterly)

The Rescheduled Siri Hustvedt Event

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The English Dept.’s  Siri Hustvedt lecture and panel discussion that was canceled at the end of last month because New York was buried under a mountain of snow has been rescheduled for this Tuesday (2/22) at 8pm in Emerson.

Siri Hustvedt, who has written several novels, memoirs, books of essays and short stories, will be on campus for a lecture and panel this Thursday Jan. 27th TUESDAY FEB. 22nd thanks to Salmagundi Magazine and the English Dept..

The evening will begin with a lecture by Hustvedt ‘exploring the relationship between fiction and memoir’ followed by a panel discussion featuring English Dept. fixtures Robert Boyers, Melora Wolff and Greg Hrbek.

Hustvedt has written three novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, and What I Loved. The New York Times Book Review called the international best seller What I Loved “superb,” and continued, “What I Loved is a rare thing, a page-turner written at full intellectual stretch, serious but witty, large-minded and morally engaged.” Publisher’s Weekly called it “a gripping, seductive, break-out novel.” Hustvedt is also the author of several memoirs, including last year’s The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves, a neurological memoir about Hustvedt own recently developed seizure disorder. Hustvedt will deliver the 2011 Sigmund Freud Lecture in Vienna in May of this year.

Siri Hustvedt’s books are available online here.

On Campus: Author Siri Hustvedt

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Siri Hustvedt, who has written several novels, memoirs, books of essays and short stories, will be on campus for a lecture and panel this Thursday Jan. 27th thanks to Salmagundi Magazine and the English Dept..

The evening will begin with a lecture by Hustvedt ‘exploring the relationship between fiction and memoir’ followed by a panel discussion featuring English Dept. fixtures Robert Boyers, Melora Wolff and Greg Hrbek.

Hustvedt has written three novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, and What I Loved. The New York Times Book Review called the international best seller What I Loved “superb,” and continued, “What I Loved is a rare thing, a page-turner written at full intellectual stretch, serious but witty, large-minded and morally engaged.” Publisher’s Weekly called it “a gripping, seductive, break-out novel.” Hustvedt is also the author of several memoirs, including last year’s The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves, a neurological memoir about Hustvedt own recently developed seizure disorder. Hustvedt will deliver the 2011 Sigmund Freud Lecture in Vienna in May of this year.

Siri Hustvedt’s books are available online here.

That lovely picture of Hustvedt’s work space via this feature from TheGuardian.co.uk