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January 24, 2017
As an empirical matter, reading on a tablet cannot remotely approach the sensual literary experience offered by an old-fashioned book. The latter is, I’d venture, intrinsically more pleasurable than the former, not unlike the intrinsic difference between high quality toilet paper and the sandpaper stuff used in bus stations.
January 23, 2017
Reading is an incredible thing, but it’s a poor substitute for life.
January 20, 2017
by Alix Hawley
Trump’s campaign brought the prevalence of sexual assault into the open, and then brushed it away. It felt like a nation turning its eyes on victims and asking what my male friend asked me: Are you sure? You’re not sure. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. There are other issues. Turn the page, tear it out, write it better.
January 18, 2017
People are mad as hell about the rise of the so-called “alt-right.” But how do we try to harness this anger productively? Successfully boycotting S&S is not going achieve what many of us really want — which is to boycott 2016.
January 17, 2017
The Gilmore Girls revival is very much a show for our time. We’ve all sensed it, of course, these past few years: the feeling of disaster in the air, of violence and anger and a rampant, all-devouring bad faith.
January 12, 2017
Literary podcasts are like being part of a book club without the social pressure or the bad wine.
January 10, 2017
by Kait Heacock
Tom Robbins doesn’t know me.
January 9, 2017
That I could have found a book that so enflamed me in such a serene, well-meaning place now seems to me a rude and minor marvel.
January 9, 2017
by Sonya Chung
We did not have many books in the house, and I was not read to as a child.
January 6, 2017
What Joyce presents us with in “The Dead” is a true, unidealized epiphany. In the real world epiphanies are hard — we do not have literal ghosts and angels to gently guide us towards them. And that is why Joyce’s story is the perfect coda for the holiday season.