Lists

August 11, 2015

Kill Your Darlings: Five Writers on the Cutting Room Floor 0

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I did the right thing, erasing the four words from my story. I have been churlish and bitter about it ever since.

August 4, 2015

Car Crush: Why American Writers and Artists Can’t Stop Loving the Automobile 3

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Is there any more potent metaphor for the American tendency to wind up, broken and bloody, in a ditch?

August 4, 2015

The Long, Lonely Walk: Hallways in Horror Films 2

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Hallway scenes are an essential element of American and international horror films. Hallways are tight, narrow, walled, made for transit — and yet sometimes our most sensitive moments are out in the hall, doors closed behind us. Hallways are places for tense encounters, confusion, and fear.

July 13, 2015

No More Lies: The Great Second-Half 2015 Nonfiction Preview 2

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Today, we offer a preview of some of the most compelling nonfiction titles set to arrive in bookstores between now and December.

July 6, 2015

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview 18

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If you like to read, we’ve got some news for you. The second-half of 2015 is straight-up, stunningly chock-full of amazing books.

June 17, 2015

There Must Be a German Word for That: Language for Writers and Readers 11

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There are a host of moments in the life of a writer/reader that require their own special words. I’d settle for acronyms. We can do this, people! Our tribe came up with Franzenfreude, after all.

June 10, 2015

Father’s Day Books for Dads Who Actually Read 7

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A certain kind of man views his bookshelves the way a leopard sees bleached bones on the veldt — as evidence of past kills, the larger the better.

May 19, 2015

Six Possibly True Observations About Renata Adler 8

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From the start, Adler’s work has been sophisticated, well-defended, and willfully provocative. The strong tendency of her career has been to resist the received idea — to unpack that idea, disprove it, and remind the reader whose interests the false account serves.

May 18, 2015

A Brief History of the Colloquial Title 8

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Whatever the persona, the colloquial title leans in close and says I’m talking to you, and I listen, eager to know what lies beyond that strangely familiar voice.

April 22, 2015

Hinge of History: Nine Books for the Post-Ferguson Era 4

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These nine books, some new, some decades old, shed light on the history and evolution of racism in America.