Lists

January 3, 2014

January Books: A Reading List for the First Month of the New Year 0

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It’s with a sense of incompletion that I offer my nine recommendations here for January, books and poems that begin, or hinge, or are contained in the year’s first month.

December 30, 2013

Students’ Picks: The Best YA Books of 2013 2

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I watched my students run through a whole lot of books. Here are three published in 2013 that won the hearts of some young adults I know, recommended in their own words. Pick one up for a young adult in your life: satisfaction guaranteed.

December 23, 2013

The Best of The Millions: 2013 0

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Before we get into 2014, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2013.

December 2, 2013

The Ultimate List: 25 Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 12

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I realized that I had a drawer full of blank journals that I had never used, all given to me by friends and family wanting to support my writing habit. I knew I couldn’t be the only writer with this particular surplus, so I decided to draw up a list of items that writers might actually use.

November 30, 2013

Before They Were Notable: 2013 0

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This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out.

November 4, 2013

We the Narrators 14

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Why would anyone decide to write a novel in first-person plural, a point of view that, like second-person, is often accused of being nothing but an authorial gimmick? Here are a few novels that prove first-person plural is more of a neat trick than a cheap one.

October 30, 2013

Beyond Alice Munro: A Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Lit 23

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For Americans who have plowed through Munro’s Selected Stories and are looking for a broader taste of Canadian literature — or CanLit, as it is called here — I offer a partial and admittedly idiosyncratic “Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Literature.”

October 28, 2013

5 Series You Probably Missed as a Kid (But Should Read as an Adult) 47

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Each offers a thoroughly imagined world that’s immersive enough to make you feel like a kid again, with writing sharp and smart enough to satisfy a book-loving adult. 

October 24, 2013

The 10 Things I Learned From Gay Talese That Will Get Me a Job at The New York Times 5

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As a writer’s writer, Talese delivered these tips from a somewhat mythical place where pieces in magazines were paid for handsomely, weren’t due in one day, and were allowed to run at considerable lengths.

October 2, 2013

Popping the Question: A Survey of Literature’s Non-Traditional Marriage Proposals 3

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Some proposals are perhaps better forgotten. The following unromantic, bizarre, poorly delivered or conceived proposals elicit reactions less like Molly Bloom’s orgasmically affirmative “Yes I will yes I will yes!”.