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March 6, 2017

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Recommended Reading: “So Often the Body Becomes a Distraction” by Kaveh Akbar.

March 6, 2017

Paula Fox 0

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Paula Fox, celebrated novelist and winner of the 1983 National Book Award (among other honors), died this week. Contributing to our Year in Reading series two years ago, Parul Sehgal said she couldn’t stop rereading Desperate Characters, perhaps Fox’s most popular book for adults. “It’s really a wallop of a book,” Sehgal wrote. “A barbed […]

March 5, 2017

Red Dawn 1

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Apropos of nothing, here are some books to read when your country is invaded by Russians.

March 5, 2017

The Voice 0

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Whether or not you’ve read Grace Paley, you’re likely to appreciate this George Saunders essay about her, which justifies his contention that she’s “one of the great writers of voice of the last century.” You could also read our own Garth Risk Hallberg’s tribute to Paley upon her death.

March 4, 2017

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“When she got to a passage in the book about a ‘slump,’ she looked at the children and said, ‘So sometimes you don’t feel good, right? But then – what do you do?’ The children waited.” Via Slate’s Katy Waldman, a look at the world’s greatest pool report.

March 4, 2017

The Future Is Near 2

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Wallace Shawn has written a new play, and it’s unsettling to watch. In it, a group of wealthy, middle-aged party hosts reveal their roles in a dystopian future, where political murders, random beatings and censorship are all commonplace. In an essay for The New York Review of Books, Francine Prose reviews the play in the context of Shawn’s other works.

March 3, 2017

“You’ll know who hunted who.” 0

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Recommended Reading: Three poems by Danez Smith.

March 3, 2017

The Underground Railroad: The Series 0

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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins plans to adapt Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad as a limited-run series. In his review of the novel for our site last year, Greg Walklin gushed that “Whitehead’s brilliance is on constant display.”

March 1, 2017

“What was I saying?” 0

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

March 1, 2017

The Melrose Series 0

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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.”