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July 15, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are 0

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“After breaking down the data by neighborhood and age group, it became clear: Children’s books are a rarity in high-poverty urban communities. The likelihood that a parent could find a book for purchase in these areas ‘is very slim.’” On book deserts across America.

July 15, 2016

The Weight of Each Other’s History 0

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Recommended Reading: On Audre Lorde’s archive in Berlin.

July 15, 2016

Friends Forever 2

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Year in Reading alumnus Jonathan Safran Foer and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman have been exchanging emails for over a decade. Over at The New York Times Magazine, they share their recent correspondence on how things have changed since the beginning of their friendship.

July 15, 2016

Earnest Jest 0

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For Atlas Obscura, Tucker Leighty-Phillips writes on how a Portuguese-to-English phrasebook, introduced to English readers by Mark Twain, became a comedy sensation. Pair with this Millions piece on Twain’s travels.

July 14, 2016

Border Borrowing 0

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The Haskell Free Library straddles the U.S.-Canadian border. Enter the library in the United States, and browse through the books in Canada.

July 14, 2016

Story Arcs 0

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Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, researchers programmed a computer to identify the main arcs in stories. You could also read our editor Lydia Kiesling’s review of Vonnegut’s Letters.

July 14, 2016

Branching Out 0

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So you’ve read Haruki Murakami. Ready to venture into other Japanese literature? Ploughshares has recommendations for you. We reviewed a few of Murakami’s books if you’d like to read further.

July 14, 2016

The Privilege of Innocence 0

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“Many black parents tell black children to strive; to seize opportunities that will enable upward mobility. However, they also give their children a poison capable of eroding black children’s innocence. They tell them to be twice as good; that there is no room for failure or mistakes.” Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun, […]

July 14, 2016

Carla Hayden Confirmed 0

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Carla Hayden became the first African American woman to be the Librarian of Congress on Wednesday.

July 14, 2016

Lonely Subjects 0

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Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life, explores the intersection between photography and loneliness. Pair with Angela Qian’s review of Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City.