Georges Perec

The new Newsweek and the redesigned New York Times Magazine: A side-by-side comparison.

Nothing can approximate the “if/then” contortions of OULIPO author Georges Perec’s newly translated volume, The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise, but this interactive flow chart hints at the book’s hilarious and inventive office-drone odyssey. Dare you ask your boss for a raise today? You’d better check with Perec first.

The 2011 Morning News Tournament of Books has begun. In the first round of competition, Teddy Wayne’s Kapitoil faced off against Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom—and lost. Judge Sarah Manguso tells you why. Today, Emma Donoghue’s novel Room takes on Marcy Dermansky’s book Bad Marie, judged by novelist Jennifer Weiner.

“Mubarak is gone. Misogyny might be a tougher foe.” The Book Bench’s Jenna Krajeski reports from the Million Women March in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Tonight at the French Institute in Manhattan, Bookforum joins the cultural institute Villa Gillet to present a panel discussion featuring novelists Philippe Forest and Francisco Goldman entitled “Staying Alive: Surviving Survival.”

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