Lerner’s “The Topeka School” and Snyder’s “No Visible Bruises” are among The Times’s picks.
“He is one poet who can somehow be simultaneously elegiac and playful, even goofy.”
Ben Lerner, 36, began his writing career as a poet, but his two debut novels, one published in 2011 and the other last year, quickly gained critical acclaim and have both been called “brilliant” and “revolutionary,” among other praise.
At least four Jews or experts on Jews are among the 24 winners of $625,000 grants for so-called geniuses.
Poet Ben Lerner’s first novel won him acclaim. ‘10:04,’ his second novel, deals with the same themes and the barrier between fiction and reality.
Perhaps it’s because there’s so much skepticism surrounding the novel-by-poet that, when it’s successful, it’s such a cause for celebration. Now, let us celebrate another of their rank: Ben Lerner’s “Leaving the Atocha Station.”