Archive - December 5, 2020

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A Paul Theroux (Malawi) short story in The New Yorker & a novel coming In April
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“Critical Notes”: The latest news and reviews from NBCC members

A Paul Theroux (Malawi) short story in The New Yorker & a novel coming In April

  In the current issue of The New Yorker (December 7, 2020) is a short story by Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963-65) entitled “Dietrologia”. (DYET-troh-loh-GEE-ah). Dietrologic is a fairly recent entry in Italian vocabulary, only a few decades old. It means “behindology.” The word, which is often used with skepticism and even derision, describes the mental habits of the practicioner of this non-science, the dietrologo who regularly sees something behind events as they are presented. We call this “paranoia.” (p 58)   Paul also has a novel coming out in April entitled Under the Wave at Waimea The plot: Now in his sixties, big-wave surfer Joe Sharkey has passed his prime and is losing his “stoke.” The younger surfers around the breaks on the north shore of Oahu still call him the Shark, but his sponsors are looking elsewhere. When Joe accidentally hits and kills a man near Waimea while driving home . . .

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“Critical Notes”: The latest news and reviews from NBCC members

  From “Critical Notes”: Marnie Mueller reviewed Martha J. Egan’s Relicarios: The Forgotten Jewels of Latin America for the Peace Corps Worldwide Network. • Would you like to have your writing distributed to thousands of literary readers? Join the National Book Critics Circle. Live the life of books As an active member of the NBCC, you’ll be able to spread the news of your literary success to readers across the world, plus connect with other members and review editors.

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