Monthly Archives: September 2015

“A Void” by George Perec (translated by G. Adair)

I knew about this book for a long time before I read it: it’s one of several translations of La Disparition, a French novel (really, a sort of detective thriller) written without the letter “e.”  The English translation holds to … Continue reading

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Things I don’t really believe, even though I know they are true

Multi-ton hunks of metal and carbon can fly through the air via their own propulsive forces. Two people, conversing openly in public, can establish a code that is not breakable by someone overhearing the entire conversation. The University of Minnesota … Continue reading

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