Curiosities

April 6, 2015

“Don’t tie up this story with too neat a bow” 0

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Recommended Reading: David L. Ulin on The Wisdom of Perversity by Rafael Yglesias.

April 6, 2015

Sneak Peek at Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer 0

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Over at Bloom today, a sneak look at an excerpt from Viet Thanh Nguyen‘s The Sympathizer, featured this week on the cover of the NY Times Sunday Book Review and out April 7. Writes Philip Caputo, Nguyen “brings a distinct perspective” to the Vietnam War that “reaches beyond its historical context to illuminate more universal themes.”

April 6, 2015

Risen 0

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In Ireland, Easter is a holiday with great historical significance, thanks to the eponymous uprising that took place in Dublin in 1916. W.B. Yeats lived a short distance away from the spot where the uprising began. Compelled to write about the event, Yeats produced one of his most famous poems, the genius of which is […]

April 6, 2015

Hard to Categorize 0

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The Naipaul Question, as Morgan Meis calls it, is simple: is V.S. Naipaul too offensive to be taken seriously? His recent biography includes scenes of abuse and moments of straightforward racism. But Meis thinks the issue is more complicated than whether Naipaul is a monster — the author is, in his phrasing, too “protean” to be […]

April 4, 2015

Retreat with Eliot 0

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Looking for a New England writer’s retreat? Perhaps you could stay in T. S. Eliot‘s childhood summer home.

April 4, 2015

Long Lost Gross 0

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“Long before the term ‘graphic novel’ was coined to explain long-form comic strips, the artist Milt Gross was making precursors to the format,” and one of his lost works is finally being republished. The work, Milt Gross’ New York, was written for the World’s Fair in 1939 and “follows the adventures of the sausage-nosed, conniving, […]

April 4, 2015

A Japanese Country Doctor 0

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Recommended viewing: Kafka‘s “A Country Doctor” translated into Japanese animation.

April 3, 2015

“Alayne” 0

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Tired of waiting for The Winds of Winter, the latest installment in George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire? The author has posted an excerpt on his website, as a reward for your continued patience.

April 3, 2015

A Literary BuzzFeed 0

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BuzzFeed is launching an Emerging Writer’s Fellowship, complete with $12,000 stipend, and Saeed Jones, whose poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was released last year, will be their new Literary Editor. Electric Literature talked to Jones about digital journalism, the need for diversity in writing and publishing, and what he’s looking for in Fellowship applicants.

April 3, 2015

Marlon James Interviewed 0

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“There used to be a time when people read literature to confront stuff. To experience things vicariously—whether it’s a forbidden scene or a forbidden idea. I think now we’re looking to literature for an escape from that. I’m not sure why that is.” Guernica interviews Marlon James, whose most recent novel A Brief History of […]