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Book critic for Harper's, New Yorker, etc. Author of A Thousand Darknesses. At work on Shirley Jackson bio: See also: @josephbraude

at The Left Bank

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On Shirley Jackson Day, biography miracles, and a... — Today's newsletter will be brief because I'm busy preparing for my trip tomorrow to North Bennington, Vermont for Shirley Jackson Day! I'll be reading from the new book at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Left Bank, a lovely old building at 5 Bank Street that's now an art space.

I have never liked the theory that poltergeists... — I have never liked the theory that poltergeists only come into houses where there are children, because I think it is simply too much for any one house to have poltergeists and children.-- Shirley Jackson, "The Ghosts of Loiret," 1958 (in the forthcoming book Let Me Tell You)Aside from the first paragraph of The Haunting of Hill House, this just might be my favorite Shirley Jackson quote.

Updates from the Shirley Jackson files, #4 — Last weekend I attended the annual conference organized by Biographers International Organization, or BIO, held this year at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. A biographers' conference sounds like something out of a David Lodge novel, but I found many of the panels and talks quite useful.

“Deranged but enchanting.” Shirley Jackson’s... — "Deranged but enchanting." Shirley Jackson's mother took her to task for what she perceived as an unattractive photo, which ran in Time alongside a glowing review of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. But I kind of like this image of a contemplative Shirley at the typewriter.

Oh yes.

Signed copy of Shirley Jackson’s The... — n0thanx: Signed copy of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill HouseSecond edition before publication, The Viking Press, 1959Found on Speaking of Joseph Mitchell! "Therese and Joe" are Mitchell and his wife.

Updates from the Shirley Jackson files, #3 — On Joseph Mitchell, Ralph Ellison, and ghosts in BrooklynI spent some time this week on yet another Augean-stables-type task: going through about 15,000 unprocessed photographs in Ralph Ellison's files at the Library of Congress. Ellison was a good friend of Shirley and her husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman.

Chess Story (New York Review Books Classics) — Chess Story (New York Review Books Classics) by Stefan Zweig: Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig's final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at...
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Jul 01, 2015

RT @jamiattenberg: @ruth_franklin in its present state it means you are starting your life over, taking control, clean slate, momentum in your favor.

Jul 01, 2015

Now I've seen it all: a toddler in Manhattan pushing a Bugaboo doll stroller.

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