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July 6, 2016

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview 25


While it’s true that no single list could ever have everything worth reading, we think this one — at 9,000 words and 92 titles — is the only 2016 second-half book preview you’ll need.

July 1, 2016

Songs of Ourselves: Searching for America’s Epic Poem 5


For all of our tweedy jingoism, the United States seems rare among nations in not having an identifiable and obvious candidate for national epic.

June 24, 2016

A Summer Reading List for Wretched Assholes Who Prefer to Wallow in Someone Else’s Misery 15


The plot should involve hardship, anxiety, and a certain level of suffering; these hold my occasional bouts of existential dread at bay.

June 10, 2016

Hell with the Lid Taken Off: A Pittsburgh Reading List 6


In the writing of Willa Cather, John Edgar Wideman, Michael Chabon, Stewart O’Nan, and Ellen Litman we see a fuller expression of the raw energy of Pittsburgh than one does in the simple platitudes of official civic boosters.

April 8, 2016

Enormous Zippers Unfastening: Ten Poems for the End of the World 3


Novelists and essayists ponder the apocalypse, but poems are particularly suited toward capturing the anxiety of the end.

February 10, 2016

55 More Thoughts for English Teachers 3


There are far more dangerous professions than teaching, but few are more difficult.

February 9, 2016

Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections 0


A masterful essay collection is a metered intellectual exercise. Here are four essay collections worth reading: writers who challenge, surprise, and eventually reward their readers for staying the course.

January 25, 2016

The Golden Child: Seven Literary Editors Pick Their Favorite Issues 1


How can you possibly have a favorite amongst your children?

January 22, 2016

CTRL-F, DELETE: Word-Trends, Sneaky Cliches, and Other Turns of Phrase You Should Immediately Delete From Your Manuscript 26


For the sake of your writing — and for the patience of editorial staffs everywhere — keep one eye on what’s trending. If it sounds familiar, you’ve probably read it somewhere before. And, believe you me, so have we.

January 11, 2016

Most Anticipated, Too: The Great 2016 Nonfiction Book Preview 3


Set aside some space on those bookshelves. This is looking to be a very, very good year for nonfiction.