Curiosities

April 22, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Prose; McCracken; Binchy; Rahman; Glancy; Bender; Marias 0

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Francine Prose has a new novel out this week, while Elizabeth McCracken has a new story collection on shelves. Also out: Chestnut Street by the late Maeve Binchy; In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman; Terms and Conditions by Robert Glancy; The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan; and new paperback editions of […]

April 21, 2014

Out of Sight 0

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On the New Yorker’s Elements blog, our own Mark O’Connell writes about Cloak, a new app which lets you avoid people you don’t want to bump into by accident. Despite the fact that Mark can see himself using the app, he finds it “ultimately troubling,” in large part because it strikes him as “such a lonely […]

April 21, 2014

More on Lydia Davis 0

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Recommended Reading: Anthony Cummins on Lydia Davis’s new book.

April 21, 2014

Essay Time 0

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Haven’t checked out the cartoon Adventure Time? You’re missing out, says Maria Bustillos. The Awl and New Yorker contributor explains why you need to check out this show in an essay-cum-one-off-website. If it helps, The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum feels the same way. (h/t The Paris Review)

April 21, 2014

On Funny Bones, Etc. 0

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Year in Reading alum Elizabeth McCracken has a new story collection out this week, and to mark the occasion, she spoke with Kelly Luce over at Salon about her writing, her Twitter obsession and — strangely enough — cannibalism (at least in the context of fairy tales). She also talks about the importance of humor, […]

April 21, 2014

What’s Lost 0

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We tend to take it for granted that the world needs more translated works. The dictates of common wisdom state that reading translated works help us understand the reality of foreign cultures. But what if translation, which erases at least some nuance from works of literature, instead “sifts out the foreign or the unsettling in […]

April 20, 2014

Edwidge Danticat on Gabriel García Márquez 0

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“I had always felt that [Gabriel] García Márquez’s short stories often took a back seat to his longer works, and that his deadpan dark humor was not discussed often enough,” writes Edwidge Danticat.

April 20, 2014

Roger Angell on the Triple Play 0

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Even those who detest the sport can feel the joys of reading Roger Angell’s baseball writing. Case in point: his latest dispatch, in which he remarks on a recent triple play by saying, “What’s great about [triple plays] isn’t really their scarcity but the fact that they beautifully illustrate the invisible force that hovers about […]

April 20, 2014

“It’s the people that keep you going back” 0

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Here’s a wonderful way to spend 77 minutes: the NYPL posted the entire video of a conversation between Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and Behind the Beautiful Forevers author Katherine Boo.

April 20, 2014

A literary magazine best served cold. 0

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Break out your book of grudges because River Styx literary magazine has decided on the theme for their next issue: Revenge.