Curiosities

February 11, 2016

Watkins’s Romantic Sublime 0

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“Too vast for human comprehension, yet at the same time a tabula rasa for each fragile individual’s desires, it’s a classic example of the Romantic sublime, as mesmerising as it is deadly.” The Guardian reviews Year in Reading Alumnus Claire Vaye Watkins’s Gold Fame Citrus. Compare and contrast with our review of the novel.

February 11, 2016

On the All-Nighter 0

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If you’ve pulled an all-nighter, you understand the strange mental space that follows. Carmen Maria Machado brings us into that space at Catapult.

February 11, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway 0

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Aaron Sorkin is writing the first Broadway production of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. To prepare, Michael Bourne’s essay introduces us to the real Atticus Finch.

February 11, 2016

Tell Me Something New 0

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Recommended Listening: Part One of Jhumpa Lahiri’s conversation with Paul Holdengraber at Lit Hub. “You know, tell me about something I don’t know. Tell me about a musician I’ve never heard of. Tell me about a poet I should be reading. Tell me something about the world, a situation that someone can explain to me […]

February 11, 2016

The Cursed Child in Print 0

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Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Little, Brown UK and Scholastic will be publishing the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play written by Jack Thorne. It’s a good time to revisit Michelle Dean’s essay reflecting on the close of the Harry Potter series.

February 10, 2016

Bookstore Fairy 0

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Recommended Reading: On the mysterious benefactors keeping St. Mark’s bookstore alive.

February 10, 2016

Writing as Profession 2

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Writers can’t create original work without financial stability and a minimum amount of rest, writes Maggie Doherty in Dissent. Pair with Kate Angus’s Millions essay on making a living as a poet.

February 10, 2016

On Violence 0

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“They couldn’t testify because they were dead so I wanted to lend my own body and voice to them.” Han Kang on writing about the Gwangju massacre and her slim novels, Human Acts and The Vegetarian.

February 10, 2016

Writing from the Self 0

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Year in Reading alumnus Alexander Chee has a guide for writing an autobiographical novel. He writes, “The woods is your life. You are the axe.” Pair with this Millions piece in defense of autobiography.

February 10, 2016

All Jokes Aside 0

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Over at Vulture, Jesse David Fox offers a retrospective of 100 years of jokes that shaped modern comedy.