Purloined Letters: Gustavo Faveron Patriau’s “The Antiquarian.”

Even if it weren’t all over the novel’s jacket, it would only take a few pages to identify Gustavo Faveron Patriau as having soaked up the works of Roberto Bolaño and Jorge Luis Borges. His debut novel, The Antiquarian, is overflowing with the kind of obsessiveness, literary portents, gothic tropes, and book-fueled intrigue that made […]

Writers’ daily routines.

Brain Pickings, always a fantastic site, has developed a nice collection of various writers’ routines. I find DeLillo’s evocation of a desk portrait of Borges the most interesting: To break the spell I look at a photograph of Borges, a great picture sent to me by the Irish writer Colm Tóín. The face of Borges […]