Curiosities

February 17, 2015

Tuesday New Release Day: McCarthy; Doten; LeCraw; Connors; Ackerman; Sumell; Albert; Tedrowe; O’Hagan; Filipacchi; van den Berg 0

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New this week: Satin Island by Tom McCarthy; The Infernal by Mark Doten; The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw; All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found by Philip Connors; Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman; Making Nice by Matt Sumell; After Birth by Elisa Albert; Blue Stars by Emily Ray Tedrowe; The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan; […]

February 16, 2015

Comparing a Fajita to a Summer’s Day 0

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I’ve written before about the excellently titled series Novelists in Restaurants Eating Food. It lets some of our foremost literary minds reflect on places like Fallon and Byrne and Buffalo Wild Wings. Now, Millions contributor Laura van den Berg writes about Cafe Azteca in Lawrence, MA, where they make shrimp fajitas that inspire mouth-watering daydreams. Sample quote: […]

February 16, 2015

“Hardly Shakesperean at first” 0

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Recommended Reading: Ted Widmer on the miscellaneous writings of Abraham Lincoln.

February 16, 2015

No Lie 0

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Everybody lies, or so the saying goes. But how long have we known this was true? At Slate, Katy Waldman reviews a new history of lying, delving into the knotty philosophy behind efforts to excuse deceit. You could also read our own Edan Lepucki and Janet Potter on deceit as it pertains to Gone Girl.

February 16, 2015

The Boy Who Mattered 0

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Not sure why Harry Potter shares the fruits of his heroism? Upset that Hermione doesn’t end up with tons of cash? Well, then you should sit down with Ayn Rand’s version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, helpfully published at The Toast by Mallory Ortberg.

February 15, 2015

Writing About Suicide 0

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Recommended reading: Philip Connors, whose memoir All the Wrong Places was included in our 2015 Book Preview, writes for the New Yorker about his brother’s death and the problems with “cathartic” writing.

February 15, 2015

Cultural Commentator 0

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“I think people always expect artists to have a larger understanding of the issues they write about. People have looked to writers and artists forever and asked them to be cultural commentators or political commentators, which can be very scary because I can only speak to my own perspective, and I’m figuring this out along […]

February 14, 2015

Self-Portraits and Sherry 0

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On Emily Dickinson‘s self-portrait, sherry, the power of handwriting and those notes we all passed around in junior high, from the Kenyon Review blog.

February 14, 2015

Love Advice from Chaucer 0

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“Ich am Geoffrey Chaucer, and my litel poeme the Parliament of Foweles was the first to combyne the peanut buttir of Februarye the XIVth wyth the milk chocolate of wooing. And so Ich feel responsible to helpe wyth sum advyce on thys daye.” Love advice from Chaucer, via NPR.

February 14, 2015

French Poe 0

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Recommended reading: On understanding Poe‘s “electric lights of imaginative literature” less as the dark products of American Romanticism so much as the works of “a kind of displaced European” poet.