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  • Recommended Reading: “Happy Birthday to Me” by Nicole Sealey


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    ~Nick Moran
  • Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose series will be adapted into a five-part Showtime series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. A few years back on our site, Ben Hamilton wrote, “the pleasures of reading Edward St Aubyn’s Melrose novels can feel strangely illicit.”


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    ~Nick Moran
  • Out this week: Flâneuse by Lauren ElkinAbandon Me by Melissa FebosLower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom; Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; No Other World by Rahul MehtaHarmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan; and To Be a Machine by our own Mark O’Connell (who we interviewed recently). For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • There’s a new biography of Angela Carter on shelves. Is it worth your time, even if you’re not a fan? In The New York Review of BooksAlison Lurie gives the book a thorough read.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Cat Marnell and Alana Massey both have new books out, and they are, in their own ways, variants on the genre of “confessional” writing. In an essay for Slate, Katy Waldman unpacks their essential appeal and their arguments, describing how each goes about the task of reinventing the concept of the memoir. You could also read our interview with Massey.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Recommended Reading: Eric Farwell sits down with John Darnielle (aka The Mountain Goats) at Bookforum. You could also check out Darnielle’s Year in Reading piece.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Did his Nobel Prize win a couple years ago pique your interest in Patrick Modiano? Here’s another essay to sate it. In The Paris ReviewAlice Kaplan examines his literary project.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • “Wright wrote like it mattered and, though he conjured a world of trouble, he clearly got a bang out of being alive.” Dwight Garner on the novels of Charles Wright.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • You can’t write about Robert Lowell without writing about mental illness — the poet went through many stretches of mania and psychosis in his life. In the Washington PostMichael Dirda reads a “medico-biography” of Lowell, which takes a full measure of his lifelong illness and its consequences.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Tom Hanks’s debut collection of short stories is due out in October. “The theme of the collection will be typewriters,” reports The Guardian, “with each tale involving one of these more and more scarce machines.”


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    ~Nick Moran
  • In his new book, Pill City, journalist Kevin Deutsch set out to tell the real story of how, following the 2015 Baltimore riots, Charm City’s streets became flush with heroin and pills. But now local writers are raising serious questions about the veracity of Deutsch’s account. Among others, The Wire creator David Simon has called the book “a wholesale fabrication.” Last week, Newsday announced they were “reviewing Deutsch’s work over the four years he worked here,” and the New York Times, where Deutsch has contributed, followed suit.


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    ~Nick Moran
  • Russian movie producer Svetlana Migunova-Dali is working with U.S. producer Grace Loh, who produced Hot Tub Time Machine, to adapt Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita for the big screen. They say they’re working with a feature film budget of up to $100 million, and they want A-list actors to fill out the cast.


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