Alexis Jenni, the very happy winner of the Prix Goncourt.
The Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, has gone to a high school biology teacher from Lyon, Alexis Jenni, for his six-hundred page debut novel, The French Art of War. He might not be quitting his day job soon, though: The Goncourt only comes with a ten euro honorarium.
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The New York Times profiles the Wilde Boys Salon, a “roving salon for self-described queer poets at which attendees lounge fetchingly and flirtation comes in the guise of academic one-upmanship,” An attempt to recreate the downtown poetry culture of the 50s and 60s, the Wilde Boys has thus far featured Mark Doty, Edmund White, Michael Cunningham and John Ashbery. “I invited the cute gay poets right away,”
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