Curiosities

May 30, 2015

The Eternal Mystery 0

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Recommended reading: Jonathan Russell Clark, who’s written for us many, many times before, considers “The Eternal Mystery of the Reclusive Writer” for Literary Hub.

May 29, 2015

BOMB’s Biennial Fiction Content 0

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Have a short story manuscript and you’re not sure where to send it? BOMB Magazine‘s Biennial Fiction Contest, judged by Sheila Heti (who wrote How Should a Person Be? and was interviewed by The Millions here), is accepting submissions until the end of the month.

May 29, 2015

Ask a Librarian 0

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“Is it possible to keep an octopus in a private home?” “Are Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates the same person?” Oh, the things people have asked reference librarians.

May 29, 2015

Jason Segel’s DFW 0

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Recommended viewing: a trailer for the upcoming David Foster Wallace movie, an adaptation of David Lipsky‘s memoir of his road-trip with the author, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, is now available online.

May 28, 2015

All Your Favorite Books 0

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This week in book-related infographics that are also, as an added bonus, interactive: “A Google Map of All Your Favorite Books,” via Electric Literature.

May 28, 2015

“When were they dead?” 0

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Ever since her Wolf Hall novels hit the stage, people keep asking Hilary Mantel what it’s like to have her characters come to life. She answers them with the question, “When were they dead?“

May 28, 2015

Helpful Elves 0

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Fact: 4 percent of books are written by secret government agencies, while a full .5 percent are authored by helpful elves. How do we know? The New Yorker said so.

May 27, 2015

Draw Hard 0

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Harold and the Purple Crayon is a classic children’s book. Is it also a writing guide? In an essay for Bookslut, Mairead Case explains why she re-reads it whenever she’s finishing a project: the main character’s need to create a room for himself is a corollary to the writing process.

May 27, 2015

The Yeti’s Back 0

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Recommended Reading: Megan Garber on the resurrection of Skymall.

May 27, 2015

Sympathy for All 0

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Back in April, our own Sonya Chung linked to an excerpt on Bloom of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, then featured on the cover of the Sunday Times Book Review. At Bookforum, Lisa Locascio reads the book, drawing comparisons to Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker and Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist.