Curiosities

July 11, 2015

What’s the Point 0

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Recommended reading: What’s the point of handwriting, anyway?

July 11, 2015

Look at Other People Looking 0

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“Delight in book collecting, and in showing off one’s book collection, is common, if not universal, among readers and would-be-readers. The biggest reason we spend money on books is because we want to read them (eventually), but that isn’t the only reason: we also like to look at them, and to look at other people […]

July 10, 2015

$50,000 / Free 0

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Michael Kimball wants to save you $50,000 dollars on an MFA – by sharing what’s he taught himself. Interested in reading more from someone without a traditional writing degree? Our own Hannah Gersen explains “The Value of Writing Programs: On Why I Don’t Have an MFA.”

July 10, 2015

Why On Earth 0

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“Why on earth would you start a literary magazine?” In an essay for The New Yorker Stephen Burt offers a wide variety of answers, from promoting a new genre to promoting one’s friends. His article pairs well with our own Nick Ripatrazone‘s lit mag question and answer: “What is the wider cultural influence of literary magazines? I am […]

July 10, 2015

The Ultimate Bestseller 0

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This week in book-related infographics: Waterstones has put together an illustrated formula for the ultimate bestseller, “a thriller tale of crime, bondage and wizardry.”

July 9, 2015

Inventing Language 0

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From J.R.R. Tolkien‘s High Elvish to Anthony Burgess‘s Nadsat: the BBC takes a survey of fictional languages and the invented words that made it into our everyday speech, like Dickens‘s “butterfingers” and Shakespeare‘s “scuffle.”

July 9, 2015

Dune in the Age of Aquarius 0

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“Every fantasy reflects the place and time that produced it,” and in an essay for The Guardian Hari Kunzru argues that Dune is nothing less that “the paradigmatic fantasy of the Age of Aquarius.”

July 9, 2015

Greatest Summer Reads 0

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Still looking for summer book recommendations after checking our 2015 Second-Half Preview? We’re not sure we believe you, but here are fifty of the greatest summer reads as ranked by Flavorwire, just in case.

July 8, 2015

IRL 1

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Joshua Cohen’s new novel has gotten a lot of attention for its odd relationship with Internet culture. In The New Republic, he talks with Gideon Lewis-Kraus in a Gchat, explaining his view that “it’s time writing took something back from the Internet.” Pair with Cohen’s Millions interview from 2012.

July 8, 2015

Docudrama 0

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Recommended Reading: Daniel Green on Harold Jaffe’s Induced Coma.