Curiosities

April 3, 2015

A Literary BuzzFeed 0

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BuzzFeed is launching an Emerging Writer’s Fellowship, complete with $12,000 stipend, and Saeed Jones, whose poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was released last year, will be their new Literary Editor. Electric Literature talked to Jones about digital journalism, the need for diversity in writing and publishing, and what he’s looking for in Fellowship applicants.

April 3, 2015

Marlon James Interviewed 0

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“There used to be a time when people read literature to confront stuff. To experience things vicariously—whether it’s a forbidden scene or a forbidden idea. I think now we’re looking to literature for an escape from that. I’m not sure why that is.” Guernica interviews Marlon James, whose most recent novel A Brief History of […]

April 3, 2015

Beautiful 0

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From our own Michael Bourne comes a new short story, “Beautiful,” available from The Southampton Review.

April 2, 2015

On Judging 0

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“Gobble a lot of fiction very quickly and you soon find yourself suffering from the literary equivalent of a food intolerance. Oh no, you think, not another novel about X or Y. At these moments, only one thing keeps you going: the faint hope that the book in question might turn out to be the […]

April 2, 2015

Don’t Assume 2

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“I asked myself – why don’t I state the race of my characters?  And am I doing something wrong by not explicitly including a diverse cast of characters?  Could I be doing something better? The short answer is yes.” An argument in favor of race bent fanfiction and resisting assumedly white characters from The Missouri Review […]

April 2, 2015

Perfectly Imperfect Proust 0

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In a piece for the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik writes about a new life of C. K. Scott Moncrieff, the first translator of Proust into English, and about the strange success and beauty his imperfect translation of Remembrance of Things Past achieved. The essay as a whole pairs well with both our own Bill Morris‘s essay against […]

April 2, 2015

The Naked Bookseller 0

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Recommended reading, though perhaps not viewing: “On the strange, true tale of the naked bookseller.”

April 1, 2015

No Talking 0

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Writing a sci-fi novel? Need some quick ideas for your fictional hellscape? Then you need Randomized Dystopia, a tool which suggests basic liberties that your imaginary dictators can suppress.

April 1, 2015

Les Mosquees 0

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Recommended Reading: Adam Shatz on Michel Houellebecq’s novel Submission.

April 1, 2015

The Ness Files 0

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It’s a catchy idea: two rich Philadelphians, shut out of their family fortune, decide to gain new wealth by proving the existence of the Loch Ness monster. It’s the plot of At the Water’s Edge, the new book by Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen. Robert J. Wiersema reviewed the book in The Globe and […]