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Largehearted Boy: Book Notes

May 7, 2016

Here’s a playlist I put together for Largehearted Boy of songs related in various ways to the new novel.

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Latest Paris Review Puzzle

April 25, 2016

Not sure if Vivian Darkbloom would approve of the anagrams I cooked up for this month’s puzzle.

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Time’s Marrow

April 23, 2016

Here’s a piece I wrote for Critics at Large about R&B singer Anthony Hamilton and his excellent new album, What I’m Feelin.

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April 22, 2016

A Minneapolis-focused piece I wrote about Prince for Slate. It recasts some material from an article I wrote for Mpls.-St. Paul a few years ago, but adds some new stuff.

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Type Slowly

April 14, 2016

Here’s a longish but casual thing I wrote for the Los Angeles Review of Books about Matthew Kirschenbaum’s Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing.

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7 and 7 Is

April 7, 2016

Good to read this passage from Thomas Love Peacock’s 1818 novel, Nightmare Abbey, on the even of book publication (though really I’ve been surprisingly relaxed). The character is patterned after Shelley:

To get a clear view of his own ideas, and to feel the pulse of the wisdom and genus of his age, he wrote and published a treatise, in which his meanings were carefully wrapt up in the monk’s hood of transcendental technology, but filled with hints of matter deep and dangerous, which he thought would set the whole nation in a ferment; and he awaited the result in awful expectation, as a miner who has fired a train awaits the explosion of a rock. However, he listened and heard nothing; for the explosion, if any ensued, was not sufficiently loud to shake a single leaf of the ivy on the towers of Nightmare Abbey; and some months afterwards he received a letter from his bookseller, informing him that only seven copies had been sold, and concluding with a polite request for the balance.

Scythrop did not despair. ‘Seven copies,’ he thought, ‘have been sold. Seven is a mystical number, and the omen is good. Let me find the seven purchasers of my seven copies, and they shall be the seven golden candle-sticks with which I will illuminate the world.’

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Latest Paris Review Puzzle

March 21, 2016

My latest Paris Review puzzle is a cut-and-paste story in which the game is to match the story’s appropriated sentences with their original sources. Answers TK. And here’s the previous puzzle and its answers.

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Starred Kirkus Review

February 15, 2016

Really happy to get this enthusiastic review from Kirkus. “Smart, witty, and endearing … Austen-esque comedy of manners.” (So, recommended if you like Jane Austen!) “Felicitous characters and a scrumptious plot make Hicks’ second novel refreshing and fun.”

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Hink Pinks

January 29, 2016

The contest is over, so this is a belated post of a group of silly, difficult, often shameless rhyming puzzles I wrote for the Paris Review Daily. And the answers. Look for more puzzles and parlor games in the nearish future.

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Even Now

January 16, 2016

I posted a long, somewhat shambolic essay in this space a month or so ago. It was mostly the leavings of a longer, abandoned project, and I thought it would helpful in various ways to post it. It was! I got some kind responses to it, which was especially nice because it was quite a long piece to read online. Anyway, I’ve looked at it again, and I’m starting to think I might refine, reduce, or otherwise change it with an eye toward more formal publication, though maybe in the distance future. In light of that possibility, I’ve taken it down, but if you’re really curious to read it, I could send it you as it now stands. My email is dylan underscore hicks at yahoo.

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