Lists

July 9, 2013

The Bolaño Syllabus: A Final Reckoning 9

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What you need to read, what you might want to, and what you can pass over without losing sleep.

July 8, 2013

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2013 Book Preview 17

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At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 86 titles, this is the only second-half 2013 book preview you will ever need.

June 13, 2013

Don’t Let the Story End: Five Spinoff Novels I’d Love to Read 10

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I’d love to read a novel narrated by Eloise’s mother. She’s a rich fuck-up, to be sure, maybe a functioning alcoholic with a penchant for Bloody Marys at breakfast and champagne every afternoon.

May 28, 2013

The Cookbook As Literature 10

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If you can read, you can cook—and if you can’t cook, you can always read cookbooks.

April 30, 2013

Modern Farce 2

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There is an almost gravitational pull towards farce that draws everything from Congressional budget negotiations to the badminton competition at the 2012 London Olympics into its field. Several recent farcical works have crafted its chaotic order to predictably entertaining effect. If you missed any of these the first time around, fear not.

April 24, 2013

Tumblr Index: Your Guide to Artistic and Literary Tumblrs, Part III 12

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The third (and final) installment in our Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs, featuring Daily Cheever, Neruda Cats, Poets Without Clothes (NSFW), Free Crap on the Side of the Road, and more.

March 13, 2013

After The Dinner: A Round Up of Newly Translated Dutch Fiction 3

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It seems to be a Dutch national record: Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner reaching the ninth position on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s time to take a closer look at some newly translated Dutch fiction.

February 14, 2013

Walking Enigmas: On the Reading Habits of Teen Boys 12

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Teenage boys might be closed books, but the ones that they open are those in which the author manages to capture the honest-to-god truth about coming age.

January 23, 2013

Finding an Audience Abroad: Who’s Read in France 17

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Most literary novelists feel relatively confident they can sell copies of their newly published book to their parents, probably to their siblings, maybe (if they haven’t sparred too often over loud music or lawnmowers or leaf blowers) to their neighbors. Whose work gets read outside of America?

January 7, 2013

Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview 55

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At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.