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January 5, 2017

Now I know my þ, ƿ, œs 0

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There used to be 32 letters in the English alphabet, but that seems quaint when you consider the fact that iPhone users have access to 1,767 unique emoji. Then again, as Gretchen McCulloch explains, emoji aren’t exactly a dire threat to the written word.

January 5, 2017

Ghosts in the Stacks 0

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A voracious reader named “Chuck Finley” was such a prolific library patron that he singlehandedly increased a Florida branch’s circulation by 3.9%. But there’s a problem: he’s not real. (h/t Kirstin Butler.)

January 3, 2017

How About Hairballs 0

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“For about 15 years, every time I had a really good dance party that went late, with people lolling around drunk and exhausted, at about 2 a.m., I would hand out paper and ask everyone to draw a vomiting cat. . . . I ended up with an incredibly thick file of drawings, some by […]

January 3, 2017

John Berger, In Memoriam 3

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The British critic, essayist, and novelist John Berger died yesterday at his home in France, reports The New York Times. Probably best known for his book of art-criticism-as-philosophy Ways of Seeing, which was turned into a popular BBC series and sold more than a million copies, Berger also won the Booker prize for G. in 1972 and was nominated again in […]

January 3, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Adiga; Raymond; Ruskovich; Peacock; Williams; Gay 0

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Out this week: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga; Freebird by Jon Raymond; Idaho by Emily Ruskovich; The Analyst by Molly Peacock; Falling Ill by C.K. Williams; and Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.

January 2, 2017

Trololololol 0

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“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened.” Talking Points Memo reports that Simon & Schuster is moving forward with plans to publish a book by Breitbart News editor and white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos, whose extended harassment of comedian Leslie Jones finally led to his expulsion from […]

December 31, 2016

“What they are, what they should be” 0

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Recommended Reading: Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee on the novel Zama by Antonio di Benedetto.

December 31, 2016

More Than Light 0

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“Romance heroines hold jobs. They teach, farm, practice law, work independently as private detectives, or they are involved in the arts, in dance, in theater. They are mothers, ex-wives, Marines. They take up causes and they always want something ‘more’ from their lives—and we aren’t just talking about a partner. In today’s romance, the relationship […]

December 30, 2016

Posthumous Praise 0

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“The female writers whose work has most recently come in for enthusiastic appraisal are by no means a homogeneous group; their influences, preoccupations and style vary wildly.” The Guardian profiles six women authors – Beryl Bainbridge, Anita Brookner, Angela Carter, Jenny Diski, Elizabeth Jane Howard, and Molly Keane – whose posthumous legacies continue to grow. Alix […]

December 30, 2016

Books As Balm 0

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The New York Times reports that actress Carrie Fisher‘s books have risen to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists following news of her death. Fisher penned the memoirs Wishful Drinking, Shockaholic, and The Princess Diarist, which just came out last month, as well as several novels, including the book-made-movie Postcards from the Edge. Our own Lydia Kiesling included Postcards […]