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Literary

Writers & Rock ‘n Roll on ‘Little Brother’

I had the privilege of being the first writer published on the new Little Brother Magazine website this week. I wrote an article on literary writers trying to be rock stars. The article gave me a great excuse to write about my adolescent musical heroes “The Smiths.”

Little Brother Magazine is a new literary magazine (print-based) out of Toronto, Canada that will launch its first issue on Aug. 16. Little Brother was founded by the talented editor and writer Emily Keeler who is also an editor for The Millions.

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Film

Trailer for New ‘Anna Karenina’ Film

Fans of both Russian literature and actress Keira Knightley are rejoicing that the two will be joined together on the big screen in an upcoming film version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina. I recently blogged about the famed translation of Tolstoy’s novel War And Peace by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky who also translated Anna Karenina.

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My Essays

Whereby the National Book Critics Circle Mentions Me

Book critic Mark Athitakis, the respected author of the blog American Fiction Notes and editor of the National Book Critics Circle’s blog “Critical Mass,” included my essay on Yukio Mishima in one off their weekly roundups last month. It was an honor to be mentioned on the site and with so many other gifted writers. Each week Critical Mass provides a great rundown of the best reviews and essays in the literary world.

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My Essays

‘First Things’ Blogs on my New ‘Full Stop’ Feature

I really love the headline that First Things gave to their blog post about my feature essay in Full Stop:  “Roger Scruton and Yukio Mishima Walk into a Doughnut Shop…” That’s perfect.

Read the First Things post on my essay about Mishima, Roger Scruton and beauty.

Robert Fay essay on Mishima in First Things

 

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Literary

Video of Marcel Proust’s Paris

This is an absolutely wonderful 28-minute long video titled “Proust’s Paris” which provides both expert background on the historical events unfolding in Paris during Marcel Proust’s lifetime as well as the details of his and his family’s lives. You’ll also receive a tour of the Paris neighborhoods, homes and monuments that were an important part of his life and work.

The video is from a website called “Radio Proust,” which  has a number of Proust resources, including additional video and audio offerings. A great site

I recently blogged about a number of French-language Proust resources and I’ll shortly be returning to In Search of Lost Time to pick up where I left off last.