James Reith

James Reith

Freelance journalist & copywriter.

I have written for The New Yorker and The Guardian, and am part of an award winning UX team at The Co-operative Bank.

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The New Yorker

When Robert Pinsky Wrote a Video Game

Feature about three-time Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's video game. This article was shared as a news item by many prominent literary publications, including The Paris Review and Poetry Foundation.

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The Guardian

The Icelandic publisher that only prints books during a full moon – then burns them

Article discussing Tunglið, a unique Icelandic publisher. On the day of its publication, this was the 2nd most read article in The Guardian's books section.

My article has been shared over 4,300 times. It was shared as a news item by the Poetry Foundation, Nieman Foundation and Vox, republished by The Kathmandu Post in Nepal, and became a story in Italy, Spain, France, Turkey and Iceland.

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The Guardian

Turkish Delight: can the sexually explicit Dutch classic still shock?

Feature about a new translation of the classic Dutch novel. The publication of my article was covered by the Dutch media.

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The Economist

Tales from the crypt: George Saunders’ comic, supernatural, moral novel

Review of prize-winning writer George Saunders' first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

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The Atlantic

The Fictional Country You Build When Your Home No Longer Exists

First English language article about Bohemian writer Johannes Urzidil to appear in a major publication.

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The Atlantic

Why It Took So Long to Translate a Dutch Classic

Feature about Gerard Reve's The Evenings, a classic Dutch novel. Includes interviews with Booker International winner Lydia Davis and host of figures from the Dutch literary community, academia and the translation world.

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George Saunders, interviewed by James Reith

Interview with prize-winning short-fiction author George Saunders about Lincoln in the Bardo, his debut novel.

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The Guardian

Gil Jordan: the great Belgian detective you've never heard of

Print and online feature about the 2nd English language volume of this classic Belgian comic. It was shared as a news story by The Comics Journal.

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What to read: keeping it in the family

My review of Colm Tóibín’s 'House of Names' for this cultural off-shoot of The Economist.

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The Guardian

Simon Hanselmann: 'I hate twee art. Life is not nice'

Feature written for The Guardian's G2 supplement. It has been shared 819 times so far and was featured as a news item by The Paris Review.

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The Guardian

Pride and Prejudice and progress: the best second novels of all time

Article discussing some of the greatest sophomore novels ever written. It was shared 1,134 times.

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The Globe And Mail

Author Stephen Vizinczey on why his current novel, If Only, has been stuck in limbo

Feature about bestselling author Stephen Vizinczey's novel If Only, and his first major press interview about the book.

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Review: Marcel Proust's IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME: SWANN'S ...

This piece is the first review of a comic to be published by Ploughshares.

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SWERY interview / The Metropolist

Japanese translation of my SWERY interview for The Metropolist, used by Access Games to promote the game D4 in Japan.

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INTERVIEW: SWERY, Writer/Director of D4 - The Metropolist

An interview with cult game designer SWERY.