Curiosities

December 7, 2014

Defense Against Detractors 0

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Recommended reading: Adele Waldman defends the purpose and form of the novel and balances David Shield‘s Reality Hunger against Anna Karenina.

December 6, 2014

“The Most Popular Books of All Time” 0

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This week in book-related infographics: Electric Literature breaks down “The Most Popular Books of All Time.”

December 6, 2014

New Morrison Novel 0

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Toni Morrison fans, rejoice! She has a new novel coming out in April, titled God Help the Child.

December 5, 2014

Nabokov’s Retranslation 0

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“It has been said of the Beatles that there is not a clunker of a song in their oeuvre because they simply never let the bad stuff get released. The same might be said of Nabokov—for ‘Camera Obscura’ shows that he was indeed capable of writing a second-rate novel. (He knew it, and rewrote it.)” John […]

December 5, 2014

Something Beautiful 0

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“If I could paint or compose music, I would want to finally arrive at what I felt was beauty for me and for others. I would trust that if I could make something that was beautiful, it would also be true, the way Charlie Parker is true or a Shostakovich cello concerto is true, and […]

December 4, 2014

The Princess and the Pedlar 0

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Recently rediscovered: a comic libretto by Raymond Chandler titled “The Princess and the Pedlar.”

December 4, 2014

Phil Klay on “War Literature” 0

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“I’ve been asked what differentiates war literature as a category, and I don’t think there is anything.” The Daily Beast interviews Phil Klay about the National Book Award, Redeployment, and the concept of war literature.

December 3, 2014

“Qualities other than introspection” 0

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Recommended Reading: Adelle Waldman’s answer to the novel’s detractors. (FYI, she’s written for The Millions.)

December 3, 2014

Whowasit 0

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Haven’t read Agatha Christie? The Oyster Review will get you up to speed. Their latest Reader’s Guide, written by Lili Loofbourow, delves into the writer behind Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and countless other iconic characters. You could also read Daniel Friedman on the ending to every mystery novel.

December 2, 2014

Edan Lepucki Sells Her Second Novel 0

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Congrats are in order for our own Edan Lepucki, who recently sold her second novel to Crown! Her new book, a “sly, sinister exploration of female relationships,” will come out in 2017. You could also read her and our own Bill Morris on writing their most recent novels.