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May 20, 2016

Very Brief Respites from the Darkness 0

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Want to learn filmmaking from a self-proclaimed “soldier of cinema”? Then sign up for a class with Werner Herzog. The enigmatic director, whose films include Grizzly Man and Fitzcarraldo, announced he’ll be teaching a course in the summer through the online provider Masterclass.

May 19, 2016

Acid Bath 0

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“There is a tab of LSD and shreds of the King James Bible in this morning tumbler of bourbon.” On C.E. Morgan’s new novel.

May 19, 2016

Fifteen-Love 0

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Recommended Reading: Gerald Marzorati on why Tolstoy played tennis.

May 19, 2016

“The year we killed our teacher” 0

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What’s the only thing nicer than new fiction by Hilary Mantel? New fiction by Hilary Mantel that you can read for free. At the LRB, check out the entirety of her latest, “Kinsella in His Hole.”

May 19, 2016

Or, Like Something Out of Kafka 0

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In their latest Trend Watch, Merriam-Webster announced they’ve been seeing more searches for “Kafkaesque,” a spike they attribute to British publishers writing about Booker winner Han Kang. Since the word is so overused, it’s worthwhile to ask: just what does it actually mean now, anyway? Allison Flood tries to pin it down at The Guardian.

May 19, 2016

Out There 0

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Some writers find their voices by heading off to Europe. Others (like Thoreau in Walden) head off to the woods instead. At The Rumpus, David Biespiel writes about the year he moved to Vermont, and what it meant to see himself as “leaning into” his youth. Pair with our own Anne K. Yoder on Ken Kesey and the Oregon coast.

May 18, 2016

The Art of Stealing 0

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Richard Cohen writes about plagiarizing real people’s identities and the dirty side of writing. As Milan Kundera writes in The Art of the Novel, “The novelist destroys the house of his life and uses its stones to build the house of his novel.”

May 18, 2016

The Economy of Goodwill 0

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Recommended Reading: Against crowdfunding websites that marketize goodwill.

May 18, 2016

Reading Proust 0

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For the Atlantic, Sarah Boxer recounts her experience reading In Search of Lost Time on her cell phone. Pair with Hannah Gersen’s year of reading Proust.

May 18, 2016

Words Grow Arid and Stiff 0

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Tim Parks writes for the NYRB about writers living abroad. As he puts it, “But what about those writers who move to another country and do not change language, who continue to write in their mother tongue many years after it has ceased to be the language of daily conversation? Do the words they use […]