Curiosities

February 5, 2016

Following the Refugees 0

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Foreign Policy tracks refugees on their journey from Syria to Germany and illustrates their trip in a nonfiction comic.

February 5, 2016

Saeed Jones on Creating Change 0

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Poets and Writers sits down with Year in Reading alumnus Saeed Jones to talk writing, publishing, and BuzzFeed. “Creating change is about having a critical mass of several influences, but one is the right people, and creating a space where people feel that they can speak up and have these conversations and experiment.”

February 5, 2016

Where Words Go 0

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Recommended Reading: Jenny Diski on our lost words. “So I had a thought about writing a book for the elderly, the old. Those who have lost their words more comprehensively than the friends around our lunch table, but haven’t lost themselves entirely. A book about where all the words go, where after a time they […]

February 5, 2016

Sharing the Shelf 0

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Did you join Emma Watson’s feminist book club? Katy Waldman did, and she has some thoughts on the Shared Shelf. We have our own feminist hate-read book club with Nicole Cliffe, Michelle Dean, Roxane Gay, and more.

February 5, 2016

New from George Saunders 0

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Listen to George Saunders read his new story in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Our own Elizabeth Minkel writes on Saunders and the question of greatness.

February 4, 2016

Amazon Books Expands? 2

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I directed your attention to the opening of the first Amazon Books in Seattle. Now, reports are coming in that Amazon could have plans to open 300-400 more stores across the country. Other sources say the expansion could be more modest.

February 4, 2016

Reflecting on Baldwin 0

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Toni Morrison wrote an obituary for James Baldwin in The New York Times, published December 20, 1987 and online for you to read. “Jimmy, there is too much to think about you, and too much to feel. The difficulty is your life refuses summation – it always did – and invites contemplation instead. Like many […]

February 4, 2016

Ulysses in Covers 0

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Lit Hub takes us through the history of Ulysses covers from its initial publication to a recent release in 2012 in honor of James Joyce’s birthday this week. Elizabeth Winkler reveals how you can become the next Joyce.

February 4, 2016

Twenty Years of Jest 0

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Recommended Reading: Tom Bissell reflects on David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest twenty years after its publication. You could also read our review of The David Foster Wallace Reader.

February 4, 2016

The Steamin’ Demon 0

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“Every atom of my blood, form’d in the soil of this earth, runs hot / As I wheel through this snaked monster of steel, The Steamin’ Demon.” Ride The Steamin’ Demon at Six Flags with Walt Whitman. Pair with our own Michael Bourne’s piece on how Whitman saved his life.