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August 7, 2016

A Fresh Set of Obstacles 0

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“As employers cut down on benefits and flexibility, more and more people, especially parents and those with chronic illnesses or disabilities, are getting squeezed out of ‘regular’ workplaces and into the freelance economy. What they find there is a whole new labor market that comes with a fresh set of obstacles—and some benefits, too.” On […]

August 7, 2016

Disrupting the Truth 0

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Recommended Reading: How social media swallowed print newspapers — i.e., the future of the book.

August 7, 2016

What He Showed 0

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“Thinking about his films while watching an American film leads to a sobering realization: all the things that Abbas Kiarostami could not show in his films became the only things Hollywood filmmakers chose to show in theirs. What he showed in his films were the things abandoned by Hollywood: conversation, friendship, understanding, compassion, and empathy.” […]

August 6, 2016

Anne Frank’s Legacy 0

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“Nathan Englander’s characters have invented ‘the Anne Frank game’ whose major question is ‘who would hide you if there were another Holocaust.’ By making this a game, the characters demonstrate their affective distance from the event, but at the same time Englander illustrates that the Holocaust remains a touchstone for the marijuana-smoking, Orthodox Jews who […]

August 6, 2016

Born in Translation 0

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Is the global literary marketplace changing the way that novelists write? Over at Public Books, Dora Zhang writes on Rebecca Walkowitz’s Born Translated and books that “appear simultaneously or nearly simultaneously in multiple languages.” Pair with this Millions piece on literary translators at work.

August 6, 2016

Sustainable Olympics 0

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Year in Reading alumna Nell Zink writes on the future of global sport. As she puts it, “Under my plan for reform, the Olympics will no longer be assigned a fixed geographic location.”

August 6, 2016

The Author Talks Back 0

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Recommended Listening: Over at WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR member station, White Trash author Nancy Isenberg responds to Michael Bourne’s Millions review of her book. Her comment starts a few seconds before minute twenty-seven.

August 5, 2016

The Women Who Reclaimed the Streets 0

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“For a woman to be a flâneuse, first and foremost, she’s got to be a walker – someone who gets to know the city by wandering its streets, investigating its dark corners, peering behind façades, penetrating into secret courtyards. Virginia Woolf called it ‘street haunting’ in an essay by that name: sailing out into a […]

August 5, 2016

Deaf Poets Society 0

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The inaugural issue of Deaf Poets Society is out, featuring new “intersectional disability literature & art.” For other recommended reading, don’t miss our Great Second-Half Book Preview.

August 5, 2016

True Story 0

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Over at Granta, Melissa Febos writes about truth. As she puts it, “The true telling of our stories often requires the annihilation of other stories, the ones we build and carry through our lives because it is easier to preserve some mysteries.”