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Dec 29, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

W. G. Sebald

In a fascinating literary homage, photographer Rick Poynor visits the town of Terezin in the Czech Republic and returns with an essay about W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, complete with contemporary versions of the photographs that appear in Sebald’s book.

At the Village Voice, rock writer Rob Tannenbaum names (and interviews) the best music critic of the year—well, “names” isn’t quite right. The award winner is anonymous; He files brief reviews on Twitter as @Discographies. Though short on words, his evaluations pack an expansive, acidic humor.

Novelist Benjamin Percy talks about his intense work ethic, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, grizzly bears, and his take on human beings: “I write about the man in wild and wild in man. I'm interested in these jarring intersections between civilization and wilderness. In a way, we are all hairy on the inside. So a lot of the stories are men and women on the edge, one wheel in the ditch, three on the road, trying not to lose control.”

The Feminist Press at CUNY is closing out their fortieth anniversary year with a fundraiser, and they’re two-thirds of the way to reaching their goal. Can you help put them over the top?