Curiosities

March 7, 2015

French Fiction 0

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Recommended recommendations: Nancy Kline surveys recently translated French novels for the New York Times Book Review. Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s piece in the Daily Beast on the 2014 Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano and “Why American’s Don’t Read Foreign Fiction.”

March 7, 2015

“Wounded Women” 0

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“I am worried about the implications of throwing the label ‘women’s pain’ around individual experiences of suffering, and I am even more uncomfortable with women who feel free to speak for all women. I worry about making pain a ticket to gain entry into the women’s club. And I worry that the assumption of vulnerability threatens to […]

March 7, 2015

The World’s Most Translated Books 0

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This week in book-related infographics: a look at “50 of the World’s Most Translated Books.”

March 6, 2015

The Literary Rumor Mill 0

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From Flavorwire, a look at fascinating literary rumors, from Mark Twain‘s premature death to Stephen King‘s supposed blindness.

March 6, 2015

Maya Angelou’s Forever 0

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“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Maya Angelou now has her own Forever stamp.

March 6, 2015

Coffee House + Emily Books 0

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Coffee House Press recently announced it will be partnering with Emily Books, whose co-founder Emily Gould is a Year in Reading alum, to form their first imprint, which will publish two original titles a year. Their news pairs well with Electric Literature‘s “2015 Indie Press Preview.”

March 6, 2015

Odd Jobs 0

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Recommended viewing: The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik talks about his early years in New York writing for the magazine “though they simply weren’t aware of it, or when they were aware of it they were extremely unenthusiastic,” and about all the odd jobs that often make up a writer’s early career, something our own Emily […]

March 5, 2015

A Censor’s Tour 0

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Recommended reading: Peter Hessler writes about spending a week on tour with his Chinese censor.

March 5, 2015

“Art of Agenting” 0

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In an interview for Guernica Jonathan Lee talks to Chris Parris-Lamb, the literary agent who represented Chad Harbach‘s The Art of Fielding, John Darnielle‘s National Book Award-nominated Wolf in White Van, and now our very own Garth Risk Hallberg‘s upcoming City on Fire, about “The Art of Agenting.” Pair with our own Edan Lepucki‘s conversation with […]

March 5, 2015

Rimbaud in Ethiopia 0

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From The New York Times Travel section, a look at the Ethiopian city where Rimbaud, the poet behind A Season in Hell, “finally found a kind of peace.”