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July 26, 2012

Double, double, toil and trouble 0

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The summer issue of Lapham’s Quarterly is here; The latest issue is magic themed and offers a smorgasbord of writing on sorcery, metamorphosis, and visitations. Most magic of all, much of it is available online for free!

July 26, 2012

What a Gas! 0

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Anatoly Liberman unwinds the etymology of “fart,” a word that, despite seeming modern, was used in the original legend of Thor and has been with us since the birth of the Indo-European ur-language.

July 26, 2012

New Katherine Mansfield Story Found 0

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While thumbing through the archives at King’s College, a graduate student uncovered four previously unknown stories by Katherine Mansfield.

July 25, 2012

Ramadan Kareem! 0

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A belated “Ramadan kareem” to all of our Muslim readers! If you’re looking for some Ramadan-centric reading, the Poetry Foundation has rounded up a selection of poems, podcasts, articles and blog posts that should do the trick.

July 25, 2012

Haruki Murakami: Master of Blandness 0

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Over at Threepenny Review, Jess Row expounds on “blandness” in the work of Haruki Murakami, and particularly in his 2.8 lb. tome 1Q84—a book tabbed by Charles Baxter in last year’s Year in Reading as the best he’d read all year. Row contemplates the way Murakami’s characters and sentences “almost never lose this placid, observant […]

July 25, 2012

Goosebumps Turns Twenty 0

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Two decades after the release of the first Goosebumps book, Jen Doll checks in with R. L. Stine.

July 25, 2012

Liberals! Satiricists! Call Out the Big Dogs! 3

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Steve Almond treks deeper into familiar territory in the latest issue of The Baffler, wherein the essayist takes on “our lazy embrace of [Jon] Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert,” an undoubtedly strong “testament to our own impoverished comic standards.” Indeed, Almond notes, our satirists and comics today remain “careful never to question the corrupt precepts of […]

July 25, 2012

The Great American Novelist 4

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The Guardian‘s Books Blog is hosting a tournament to determine “The Great American Novelist,” and the list of the final 32 seeded contenders, as voted by the site’s readers, is enough to raise some eyebrows—not as much for who did make the cut as for who didn’t. Guardian readers, haven’t you heard of Richard Yates?

July 24, 2012

your brain is going soft with all that comedy 0

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Vito Corleone, comedian.

July 24, 2012

a small, diamond-like space 0

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Rachel Syme set out to cover the failure of Dawn Powell’s diaries to sell at auction for the New Yorker and came away with a tender meditation on obsession, New York, and the business of biography.