Curiosities

January 24, 2016

Spin the Mindwheel 0

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Do you remember the time that Robert Pinsky, translator of classic literature and former Poet Laureate of the United States, wrote a text-based video game? Don’t worry, we didn’t either.

January 24, 2016

Tilting Druglords 0

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Look, it’s hard being the bloodthirsty kingpin of a multinational drug smuggling cartel. Apparently Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been feeling a bit sorry for himself post-capture, so what did Eduardo Guerrero, head of Mexico’s prison systems,  think would cheer him up? He brought him a copy of Don Quixote.

January 24, 2016

No Slight Thing 0

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Recommended Reading: This bizarre little story by Diane Williams as recommended by Deb Olin Unferth at Electric Literature. The story can be found in Williams’ recently published collection of stories Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine.

January 23, 2016

They’re Just Kids 0

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Are the kids really all right, though? Larry Clark’s notorious indie-skater odyssey Kids,  which Rolling Stone once called “the most controversial film of the nineties” turns twenty this year, and The Literary Hub takes a look back.

January 23, 2016

A Good Character Is Hard To Find 0

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I’ve told you about The Atlantic’s By Heart series plenty of times before. This week brings us novelist Paul Lisicky taking a close look at how Flannery O’Connor’s “flawed” characters are the ones we find ourselves drawn to most.

January 23, 2016

Song of Herself 0

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Does she contradict herself? Very well, then she contradicts herself, she is large, she contains multitudes! Is Sarah Palin the Walt Whitman of Wasilla?

January 23, 2016

All The Pretty Snowflakes 0

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For those of us on the east coast, this reimagining of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road as The Road (Has Not Been Plowed In Thirty-Two Hours) should really hit home this morning. Bonus: The Road also made our own “Best of The Millennium” list.

January 23, 2016

Hustle and Flow 0

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“Notice how Malbecco, as Gelosy, lives outside of time, a death-in-life: he can ‘never dye, but dying lives.’ In other words, embrace a quality entirely—even, I would argue, a less pejorative quality, like hustle—and it overmasters you. You’re doomed.” Rowan Ricardo Phillips, basketball columnist for The Paris Review, on Edmund Spenser, hustle, and the New York […]

January 22, 2016

Speaking with Greenwell 0

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Recommended Reading: The Paris Review Daily interviews Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You, possibly the next great gay novel.

January 22, 2016

Chicken or Hen? 0

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“Katrina Dodson has spent more time thinking about the word ‘chicken’ than you have spent thinking about anything.” The Stranger sits down with Katrina Dodson, translator of Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories. Pair with Dodson’s Year in Reading.