Curiosities

July 30, 2015

Browne’s Guide to Science Writing 0

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Want to write about science? Let Sir Thomas Browne, “17th-century know-it-all,” show you how.

July 30, 2015

Ur-Road Movie 0

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“This is the first one, the big one, the ur-road movie: the Odyssey.” Charlotte Higgins writes about how Homer’s epic goes far beyond geography for The Guardian.

July 30, 2015

Long-form Godfather 0

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Ernest Hemingway, “the godfather of long-form” nonfiction? Richard Brody argues so in the New Yorker, citing Hemingway’s autobiographical, and wildly ambitious, The Green Hills of Africa.

July 29, 2015

Breaking Out 0

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As part of a collaboration with several international magazines, Full-Stop is publishing Babelsprech International, a series of articles on poetry around the world. In the latest edition, Karel Piorecký writes about contemporary Czech poetry, drawing a line between the pre- and post-Communist periods. Related: John Yargo on the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.

July 29, 2015

Little Ones 0

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Recommended Reading: Adam Gopnik on the writings of Max Beerbohm.

July 29, 2015

Airy Fairy 0

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Anyone who’s majored in the humanities has likely heard warnings that it’s better to major in the sciences. If, as many would have it, we live in a scientist’s world, what place is there for the arts? At the Ploughshares blog, Cathe Shubert finds a place for writers in a STEM-obsessed society. You could also read […]

July 29, 2015

Pirouettes 0

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We’ve covered the Atlantic series By Heart a number of times before. It features notable authors writing about their favorite passages. In the latest edition, Mary-Beth Hughes picks out a paragraph from Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower, about a poet who’s trying to cope with grief. Sample quote: “Reading Fitzgerald, I felt it was possible […]

July 28, 2015

You/Are Entering 0

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Apparently the confessional poets hated being known as confessional poets. Writers like John Berryman and W.D. Snodgrass responded badly when given the label. How do we understand their shared revulsion to the term? At The Paris Review Daily, an argument that we can find the answer in an unlikely place: The Twilight Zone.

July 28, 2015

“I noticed a few stains” 0

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“This is minor, but I noticed a few typos. For instance, at various points on pages 144 through 148 and also on page 202, you wrote, ‘All wokr and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ And on page 308, it’s ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull Jack.’ If that one’s intentional, […]

July 28, 2015

The New RIP 0

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Is death “in” as a topic? It may seem like a ridiculous idea, but Lorraine Berry has evidence to back it up. She argues, using Benjamin Johncock’s The Last Pilot, among others, as proof, that mourning and grief are enjoying a bit of a renaissance.