Curiosities

February 5, 2016

New from George Saunders 0

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Listen to George Saunders read his new story in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Our own Elizabeth Minkel writes on Saunders and the question of greatness.

February 4, 2016

Amazon Books Expands? 2

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I directed your attention to the opening of the first Amazon Books in Seattle. Now, reports are coming in that Amazon could have plans to open 300-400 more stores across the country. Other sources say the expansion could be more modest.

February 4, 2016

Reflecting on Baldwin 0

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Toni Morrison wrote an obituary for James Baldwin in The New York Times, published December 20, 1987 and online for you to read. “Jimmy, there is too much to think about you, and too much to feel. The difficulty is your life refuses summation – it always did – and invites contemplation instead. Like many […]

February 4, 2016

Ulysses in Covers 0

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Lit Hub takes us through the history of Ulysses covers from its initial publication to a recent release in 2012 in honor of James Joyce’s birthday this week. Elizabeth Winkler reveals how you can become the next Joyce.

February 4, 2016

Twenty Years of Jest 0

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Recommended Reading: Tom Bissell reflects on David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest twenty years after its publication. You could also read our review of The David Foster Wallace Reader.

February 4, 2016

The Steamin’ Demon 0

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“Every atom of my blood, form’d in the soil of this earth, runs hot / As I wheel through this snaked monster of steel, The Steamin’ Demon.” Ride The Steamin’ Demon at Six Flags with Walt Whitman. Pair with our own Michael Bourne’s piece on how Whitman saved his life.

February 3, 2016

Words & Symbols 0

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Mairead Small Staid writes on the history and poetics of the ampersand, “a logogram masquerading as a letter, a letter that is also a word—like a and I and even o, but no—a letter that is only a word, the plainest word of all.”

February 3, 2016

Secret Space 0

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Recommended Reading: Over at Aeon, Tiffany Jenkins writes about the importance of secrets for a child’s development and in children’s literature.

February 3, 2016

Literary Street Art 0

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Emily Smith discusses the place of zines in contemporary American politics, over at Ploughshares. As she puts it, “Zines, like street art, are allowed critical power through anonymity—a function newsstand periodicals simply can’t perform for the sake of reputation or the sacrifice of advertisers. In this way, zines are small-scale democracies.”

February 3, 2016

PEN Literary Awards Shortlist 0

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PEN America has announced the shortlist of this year’s PEN literary awards. The 2016 finalists include Millions contributors Angela Flournoy, Katrina Dodson, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and David L. Ulin, among others.