Curiosities

November 30, 2014

Bookends on Russian Literature 2

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To accompany this infographic on Russian literature, The New York Times asked Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser what makes 19th century Russian writing so distinctive. Pair with our own Matt Seidel‘s take on rejected Bookends questions.

November 30, 2014

Dubliners, 100 Years Later 0

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At Flavorwire Jonathan Sturgeon considers what we’ve learned from Dubliners in the hundred years since it was first published and argues that “when it comes to realism, Dubliners, more than even Chekhov’s short fiction, is the model we routinely fail to live up to.” Sturgeon’s reflections on Joyce‘s free indirect discourse pair well with Jonathan Russell Clark‘s Millions essay […]

November 30, 2014

“Bad Neil Gaiman” 0

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Recommended watching: Neil Gaiman reads “bad Neil Gaiman” stories.

November 29, 2014

Good Riddance 1

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Recommended reading: Jason Arthur bids “Good Riddance to the Good-Bye-To-New-York Essay” for The Rumpus. Pair with Eryn Loeb‘s review of Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and our own Elizabeth Minkel‘s account of rereading Didion‘s original “Goodbye to All That.”

November 29, 2014

“Instead of Sobbing, You Write Sentences” 0

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“Most of the time I think of the self as a snare, and I don’t like being trapped in it. I try to reach out beyond my pittance of experience and connect to the world, but it turns out one way to do that is to be honest and accurate about my own life.” Leslie […]

November 29, 2014

Which Wilder? 0

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We’ve written about the newly published Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir several times, but a new review in the LA Times calls attention to one of the most interesting questions raised by the work: how much influence did Wilder’s daughter Rose Wilder Lane, an accomplished author in her own right, have on the final Little House books?

November 28, 2014

From Under a Heavy Plinth 0

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“The story that Lee’s book tells (or tries to tell, because much evidence has been obscured or lost) is not about patience on a monument but about talent buried under a heavy plinth, and discovered only just in time—the late achievement less a measured distillation than a lifesaving decoction.” James Wood reviews Hermione Lee‘s new […]

November 28, 2014

“Unhappy in Their Own Ways” 0

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This week in book-related infographics: A look at the Russian novelists, “Unhappy in Their Own Ways,” from The New York Times.

November 28, 2014

P.D. James Passes Away 0

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Author P.D. James, “the Queen of crime writing” and subject of one of our Post-4o Bloomers essays, has passed away, reports the BBC.

November 28, 2014

Barnes and Noble’s Black Friday Plan 0

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Today is the much-discussed Black Friday, and Barnes and Noble has recruited prominent authors including Donna Tartt and David Mitchell to help raise holiday sales. The plan? To sell roughly 500,000 signed books.