Curiosities

April 24, 2015

Russian Slapstick 0

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“Russian humor is to ordinary humor what backwoods fundamentalist poisonous snake handling is to a petting zoo. Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.” Ian Frazier writes about the strange humor of Daniil Kharms for the New York Review of Books.

April 24, 2015

How Animals Think 0

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Recommended reading: “Can Fiction Show Us How Animals Think?” Or is the realist novel the wrong form for exploring “the profoundly foreign interior lives of animals?”

April 24, 2015

A Political Wrinkle in Time 0

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A deleted passage from A Wrinkle in Time has been rediscovered and released, and it spells out a more nuanced political philosophy for the novel. That’s what The Wall Street Journal is saying, anyway.

April 24, 2015

Doubtful 0

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“I have yet to publish a book. The reason for that is, in part, life gets in the way. There’s work and love and art and art usually comes last, (especially for we women writers). But for me, part of what weighs art down and keeps it in last place is overwhelming self-doubt.” In an […]

April 23, 2015

Four Legs Good 0

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This week in book-related infographics: a look at “Memorable Animals from Literature” ranging from Moby Dick to Snowball to Jonathan Livingston Seagull. After all, lest we forget, “four legs good, two legs bad.”

April 23, 2015

Reading Mustang 0

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Recommended listening: Anjelica Huston reads an excerpt of Deanne Stillman‘s Mustang.

April 23, 2015

Not These Titles, Please 0

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Looking for the perfect title for your short story / essay / novel / whatever? We wish you the best of luck, and also suggest you don’t pick one of these severely overused options.

April 23, 2015

An Existential Test 0

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“It is a privilege and a gift and an honor to be a debut author, but it is, above all things, an existential test.” Courtney Maum writes about the darker side of publishing a first book.

April 22, 2015

In and Out 0

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Is it possible you have a binge reading disorder? It might seem ridiculous, but there’s mounting evidence that the Internet, which allows us to read far more than we ever have, is creating a world in which we constantly read but retain very little. Nikkitha Bakshani takes a look at the evidence for The Morning […]

April 22, 2015

Drawing Straws 0

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Recommended Reading: How to tell if you’re in a Shirley Jackson story.