Meeting Michel Houellebecq: Ceci N'est Pas Une Interview

Meeting Michel Houellebecq: Ceci N'est Pas Une Interview

LSP met French literary star Michel Houellebecq in New York City at the opening in June of his first US art show "Michel Houellebecq: French Bashing," a miniature adaptation of his Paris 2016 exhibit "Rester Vivant" (To Stay Alive). The atypical novelist wasn't feeling well but he took the time to guide LSP's host through his pictures and art. Here's an excerpt from our elliptical Q&A.

 

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Amazon Books: Making the Digital Physical

Amazon Books: Making the Digital Physical

On May 25, 2017, the doors officially opened at the new Amazon Books store in Columbus Circle in New York. Another store on 34th Street is expected to open this summer. In November 2015, Amazon — the world’s largest online retailer — opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle. It was an unexpected twist for company that had built its empire by selling books (and now everything else) online. LSP visited the latest Amazon Books venue, located in the city that's ostensibly the heart of America's publishing industry, just days after it opened its doors.

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BookExpo 2017 in Ten Essential Points

BookExpo 2017 in Ten Essential Points

This week, from May 31 to June 2, the Literary Show Project will be attending BookExpo America — the largest annual book trade fair in the country, and a place for those in the publishing world to gather in celebration of literature and those who create it. This year’s expo will be held at the Javits Center in New York City, attracting authors, publishers and bibliophiles alike.

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Tribeca Film Festival 2017: A Conversation with Screenwriter and Filmmaker Rama Burshtein

Tribeca Film Festival 2017: A Conversation with Screenwriter and Filmmaker Rama Burshtein

LSP talks to award-winning Israeli director Rama Burshtein after a screening of her movie The Wedding Plan at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2012, Burshtein's debut Fill the Void, about a religious young woman who faces the decision to marry her late sister’s husband, gained worldwide recognition and established her reputation as both a filmmaker and screenwriter.

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The Mythology of Book Covers

The Mythology of Book Covers

Meandering through the Strand Bookstore’s famous 18 miles of books can feel very much like entering Jorge Luis Borges’s infinite Library of Babel. Overflowing carts of $1 used books lure readers to one of New York’s most loved independent bookstores. Incapable of reading everything, all readers must face a choice. Often, the answer boils down to which cover catches your eye first.

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A Year in Reading: 2017

A Year in Reading: 2017

Was 2016 the "worst year ever," the most disheartening, chaotic, awful 366 days of all time? Some alarmists would have you believe that, but 2016 won't retain this dubious honor for long, because every year the world continues to be a chaotic and frightening place. And yet 2016 was an incredible year for literature and culture, with 2017 looking just as promising. In troubling times, we need artists and thinkers more than ever, and we cannot live on long-form articles alone.

In that spirit, we give you our 2017 reading list, one book to fit the mood of each month.

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A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

In an interview with Coates at Festival Albertine this past week, the author and essayist took a break from the frenzy of an event that drew crowds of New Yorkers to the salons of the Fifth Ave bookstore for a moment of introspection. He shared his thoughts on the end of the Obama era, his mentor David Carr, and about writing when nobody's reading.

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A memoirist, and a freedom fighter, visits New York

A memoirist, and a freedom fighter, visits New York

In his lifetime, Saadi Yacef has been many things: a freedom fighter; a prisoner; a memoirist; a senator; and a film producer.  As the military leader of the National Liberation Front in Algiers, Yacef was a key actor in one of the bloodiest decolonization wars of the 20th century and his memoir was adapted into the iconic 1966 film The Battle of Algiers. LSP recently interviewed Yacef at the Film Forum in New York.

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Waxing Lyrical on Bob Dylan

Waxing Lyrical on Bob Dylan

Waking up yesterday to the news that the champion of a rebellious yet subtle poetic vernacular had been recognized as one of the greatest writers of our time, suddenly overshadowed everything else: beauty, music and complexity had prevailed.

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On Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde

On Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde

Whatever you think of the smoke-filled-room politics of the Nobel, it’s hard to deny the cultural significance of Dylan’s work. His songwriting is at the crossroads of the major cultural currents of the 20th century.

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Writer Saleem Haddad on being gay and Arab in the wake of the Orlando massacre

Writer Saleem Haddad on being gay and Arab in the wake of the Orlando massacre

Kuwait-born aid worker and novelist Saleem Haddad knows what it’s like to live as a gay man in the Middle East and has written about his experiences in a number of personal essays as well as exploring those themes in his debut novel Guapa.

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