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September 18, 2012

27 letters 0

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Here’s a letter that no longer finds itself at home in our alphabet, & yet we use it everyday.

September 18, 2012

Telling a beautiful lie 0

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Chris Jones’s latest feature for Esquire wraps a copyright infringement case up in a meditation on the power of magic, the will to believe and the essence of the delight we can find in art. Warning: may lead you down an endless Penn & Teller YouTube rabbit hole.  

September 18, 2012

Fetishized rituals 0

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Robert McCrum’s got a question for you, and I’m interested to know the answer, too. Who are the naked writers? My first thought was perhaps Truman Capote, because he wrote so often from bed, but that’s not exactly strong evidence. Anyway, here are some writers in their underpants.

September 18, 2012

Miracles 0

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Poet Matthew Tierney on particle physics vs writing: “Black holes are miraculous. Evolution is miraculous. The big bang is miraculous.”

September 18, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Rushdie, Boyle, Moore, Welsh, Elie, Simmons, Roth 0

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New this week: Salman Rushdie’s much talked about memoir Joseph Anton, T.C. Boyle’s San Miguel, The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore, and Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting prequel Skagboys. Also new this week: Paul Elie’s Reinventing Bach, Sylvie Simmons’s biography I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, and n+1 vet Marco Roth’s memoir The Scientists.

September 17, 2012

Still not bleak house. 0

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Laura Miller wants us all to stop calling The Wire a Victorian novel, because it is in fact a television drama.

September 17, 2012

Not what he, nor I, expected. 0

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Teju Cole on partying, though very civilly, with V.S. Naipaul: “The combination of ego, tenderness, and sly provocation was typical.”

September 17, 2012

HBD EB! 0

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Happy first birthday to Emily Books! The Observer ran a little recap of the book club-slash-store’s lascivious first anniversary party, where Kate Zambreno and Tamara Faith Berger both read from their recent novels. Here’s the Million’s interview with Zambreno, and here’s a #LitBeat from one of Berger’s previous readings from her steamy wonder of a novel, […]

September 17, 2012

Speculations 0

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William Gibson ( like Margaret Atwood) prefers to think of his books as speculative, rather than science-, fiction.

September 16, 2012

Brooklyn Book Festival Happenings 0

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New Yorkers: the Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off tomorrow evening, and you can get things started off right with this party hosted by Tumblr, Electric Literature, The LA Review of Books, and The New Inquiry. The following night, however, is when you should carve out some time to see The Greatest 3-Minute Book Stories — […]