Australian Book Review

Beejay Silcox reviews 'The Idiot' by Elif Batuman

Beejay Silcox
Thursday, 27 April 2017

Email is a chimeric beast, an uneasy mix of intimacy and distance – unlimited time and space to say precisely what we mean, coupled with the unnerving promise of instant delivery ...

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Alex Lewis reviews 'The Possessed' by Elif Batuman

Alex Lewis
Friday, 23 December 2011

Conventional wisdom has it that writing comes second to life. Young American journalist Elif Batuman has a different idea. ‘What if,’ she suggests, ‘instead of moving to New York, living in a garret, self-publishing your poetry and having love affairs in order to – some day – write it up as a novel for 21st century America – what if instead yo ...