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    People think it’s suspect and self-indulgent to make art, and I don’t think that’s true. Some people think you should be busy making something that you can sell in the marketplace, and if nobody wants to buy it, it must be crap. And that’s not true. There’s lots of things that can’t make it in the world that are worth making. There are lots of great artists who never make it, there are lots of great writers who don’t get published — is it still worthwhile? Aren’t we glad people are still doing i


      Stone Arabia, Dana Spiotta’s moving and intrepid third novel, is about family, obsession, memory, and the urge to create—in isolation, at the margins of our winner-take-all culture.

    • Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

      "Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia is a dreamlike meditation on fame and success, technology and the imagination. The novel beautifully manifests Ms. Spiotta's gift for transforming her keen cultural intelligence into haunting, evocative prose." —J ennifer Egan

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      National Book Critics Circle 2011 Finalists Announced: Fiction Teju Cole, Open City Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia

    • Elin Hilderbrand Books

      Not Friday yet but... Beautiful Day first draft has been sent to I am currently without work!!! Reading "Stone Arabia" by Dana Spiotta.

    • Heritage-of- Japan

      Dana Spiotta’s original, beautifully crafted novel “Stone Arabia,” a finalist for this year’s National Book Critics Circle award. Spiotta nails this cultural moment, with our fixation on fame, the troubles we have expressing love, our collective oversaturation with images of suffering. She renders a powerful brother-sister bond with great empathy. -- Jane Ciabattari, Critic, ex Pres. of National Book Critics Circle. Theme is about artistic commitment, see

    • Mary Bokkon

      Sounds good--failed musician and his sister.

    • Bob Veasey

      Amazing book. Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

    • Shayna Englin

      Adding to the reading list.

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