Curiosities

October 19, 2014

Chandra on Hemingway 0

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It’s no secret we enjoy and highly recommend The Atlantic‘s By Heart series, and Vikram Chandra‘s essay on reading Hemingway is no exception. Pair with Jonathan Goldman‘s review of a modern edition of The Sun Also Rises.

October 19, 2014

Fate and Fiction 0

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Recommended reading: Catherine Lacey writes for Granta about “The Question of Fate” and fiction writing.

October 18, 2014

Hemingwrite 0

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Modern technology has finally developed a device that aims to aid all perpetually distracted writers – the cleverly titled Hemingwrite.

October 18, 2014

Writing History 0

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Laila Lalami recently wrote about “How History Becomes Story,” but writing an interesting and compelling history book sans fiction has its own challenges. Thankfully S.C. Gwynne offers some tips in a piece for the History News Network, including the hard-hitting reminder that “it is your job to force your facts into narrative form.”

October 18, 2014

“Aftermath and Armageddon” 0

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“There is something terrifying but also fascinating about contemplating the end of humanity,” and on Oct. 25th our own Edan Lepucki and Emily St. John Mandel (whose novel Station Eleven was just shortlisted for the National Book Award) will be discussing their recent apocalyptic fictions at the Texas Book Festival.

October 17, 2014

Films About Writers 0

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“There are a lot of bad movies about writers out there,” but Flavorwire has ranked the 50 best, ranging from Sylvia to The Hours to Adaptation.

October 17, 2014

YA Origins 0

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There’s been a lot of talk about Young Adult writing lately – we’ve covered it here and here and here – but where did YA come from, anyway? The New Yorker profiles writer S.E. Hinton, whose debut novel The Outsiders launched the genre, by way of answer.

October 17, 2014

“Female Essayists Seize the Day” 0

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Though major publications like The New York Times are still questioning the importance and power of female essayists, Lucy Scholes argues that women are producing “some of the best writing today” and as proof lists several of the best recent essay collections by women in a piece for The Daily Beast. Incidentally, that list includes titles […]

October 17, 2014

Hardcover, Paperback and The Economist 0

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The Economist gives a succinct explanation of “why books come out in hardback before paperback,” but their answer feels almost too simple. For a fuller understanding of the paperback / hardback question, pair The Economist‘s article with Nichole Bernier‘s Millions piece on “The Point of the Paperback.”

October 16, 2014

The Best Book for Every State 0

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This week in book-related internet graphics: “A Map of the Best Book for Every State,” complete with the promise that “every last one will let you understand a time and place in a more profound way than you maybe thought possible.”