Borrowed Finery – November 2010

Elif Batuman takes issue, at some length, with the cultural illiteracy of programme trained creatives.

The Guardian Book blog says literary magazines are thriving online.

Michael Hofmann picks over a new translation of Thomas Bernhard‘s Old Masters. He suggests that the comic energy which many English speaking readers find in Bernhard’s unrelenting negativity might well be an illusion – Bernhard may just have meant all the nasty things his characters say.

Over at The Post Post, Tracey Clement wrestles with a tacitly condoned culture of self-censorship within the tight circles of the art world.

New paintings by Luc Tuymans at David Zwiriner – Corporate.

‘Celebrity autobiographers are celebrities first and autobiographers second’ – David Free reviews Michael Caine’s The Elephant of Hollywood for The Australian.

Enough with ennui and suicide, seems everyone is rediscovering Chekhov’s sense of humour.

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