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July 29, 2016

The Art of Artlessness: Lessons from Bad Books 1

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A bad book, so-called, has just as much to teach us as a good book. It is often a far better teacher than any work that is uniformly artful, where excellence disguises the nuts and bolts of craft.

July 22, 2016

Spotify’s Hidden Literary Gems 0

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The sexy repartee of Darcy delivered straight to my ears? The transatlantic, resounding voice of Sylvia Plath reading her poetry? An entire playlist of Shakespeare’s sonnets is there to delight, along with biographies of classical composers and Anton Chekhov short stories.

April 22, 2016

Against Clichés Against Clichés: A Manifesto 1

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The first time we heard this cliché against clichés it was a revelation, but with each successive repetition the cliché against clichés became increasingly faded and opaque, i.e., clichéd.

December 23, 2015

Exclusive: New Fan-Designed Cover of 20th Anniversary Edition of ‘Infinite Jest’ Plus a Brief Interview with Michael Pietsch 10

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February 23rd marks the 20th anniversary of the original publication of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and on that date, his publisher Little, Brown is putting out a new edition of the now classic novel with a new introduction by Tom Bissell. To recognize, as Little, Brown put it, “the deep way that so many readers have connected with the book over the last twenty years,” the publisher held a contest allowing fans to submit their designs for the new cover.

September 24, 2015

In the Sandbox of Words: On Puzzles and Novels 1

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Crosswords are about more than accumulating words: crosswords are about having fun with words; crosswords are, in fact, about loving words.

August 14, 2015

How Does it Feel? On Finishing a Book 0

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It’s relieving, it’s gratifying, it’s sad, but above all, it’s weird.

August 6, 2015

Beyond the Bird: A Definitive List of the Artworks in ‘The Goldfinch’ 0

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The entire art world falls under Tartt’s gaze: criticism, heists, trades, valuations, appreciation.

April 23, 2015

A Conversation with a Stranger: Or, The Second Time I Tried to Read ‘War and Peace’ 2

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Last month, when I started reading War and Peace again, this time with the intention of finishing it, I decided that I would do so methodically, opening the book at least once every day, and not closing it until I’d finished a chapter.

April 6, 2015

That Witch! An Excerpt from ‘Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen’ 0

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The image of the copy editor is of someone who favors a rigid consistency, a mean person who enjoys point­ing out other people’s errors, a lowly person who is just starting out on her career in publishing and is eager to make an impres­sion, or, at worst, a bitter, thwarted person who wanted to be a writer.

March 26, 2015

Exclusive First Look: Lauren Groff’s ‘Fates and Furies’ 2

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Fates and Furies has so far been cryptically described as “an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception,” and as, you’ll see, the book wastes no time introducing us to its protagonists.