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on Something Will Happen, You’ll See, stories by Christos Ikonomou, tr. by Karen Emmerich (Archipelago Books)

In March 2015, the editors of Der Spiegel met with a group of six influential Greeks for a roundtable discussion on relations between Germany and Greece.

on New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, by Wendy Warren (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

A probate record filed in Suffolk County, Massachusetts in 1661 lists “An Inventory of all such Goods Mr John Stoughton died possest of.” His estate included the following:

1 Stone horse, 1 Gelding Lame & Sickly
one man Negro named John & one Negro boy named Peter
One beam Scales & 882 of Leaden waights
Three bbs flower, 2 firkins of butter, bad

on If You Can Tell, poems by James McMichael (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

If You Can Tell is James McMichael’s sixth book of poems, not including The World At Large (1996), his selected collection. He has produced a book every decade or so. When a new one appears, I gather all of his titles and read them again.

on Villa Triste (Other Press) and Young Once (New York Review of Books), two novels by Patrick Modiano

American readers asked a collective “Who?” when French novelist Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014.

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