Curiosities

September 13, 2014

MFA Opinions 0

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Nearly everyone has an opinion about MFA programs, and Flavorwire has 27 pulled from writers and teachers, including our own Edan Lepucki whose full piece on “The MFA Debate” can be found here.

September 12, 2014

Reading Lists for Fall 0

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The editors at Poetry have compiled a reading list from their contributors’ suggestions, and the result is a healthy mix of poetry books new and old. Pair their suggestions with Tom Nissley‘s “September Books: A Reading List for Beginnings.”

September 12, 2014

Genre: A Map 0

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This week in book-related internet graphics: Penguin has created an interactive map of literary genres, complete with some very creatively shaped “countries”. As Electric Literature points out, “the fact that the map is aimed at current self-publishing authors explains why YA is it’s own continent while genres like Gothic fiction don’t exist.”

September 12, 2014

Kanye & The Frankfurt School 0

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Alex Ross writes for The New Yorker about Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and modern pop culture. Jay-Z and Kanye come up, as does Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections (which we’ve written about here and here) and Virginia Woolf‘s The Waves.

September 12, 2014

D.H. Lawrence at 21 0

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“If you would write, try to be terse and in some measure original—the world abounds with new similes and metaphors… If you cannot tell people of something they have not seen, or have not thought, it is hardly worthwhile to write at all.” The Paris Review shares writing advice from a 21-year-old D.H. Lawrence .

September 11, 2014

Self-Publishing like a Woolf 0

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“History is littered with poets…  who set up their own presses to publish their work, because it was so different from the normal forms of the time. Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard are one example- they started their own press called the Hogarth Press (it is still going today) to publish collections of their […]

September 11, 2014

Home in the Apocalypse 0

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“My mind moves toward apocalypse fictions the way we think about a forgotten friend, or a partner that’s left us—grief becomes its own comfort.” Adnan Khan writes for Hazlitt about how apocalypse fictions mirror the immigrant experience and vice versa.

September 11, 2014

Archipelago Interview 0

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Bibi Dietz interviews Jill Schoolman, founder of Archipelago Books, about “the archipelagic quality of book translation, the spiritual quality of discovering a great text, and the best bookshops from here to Buenos Aires.” So, basically everything we would ask Jill Schoolman about if we got the chance. The full interview up at BOMB Magazine.

September 11, 2014

Trigger warning: Breakups ahead 0

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Kim Addonizio‘s latest collection of short stories, The Palace of Illusions, is due out this month. Here is a sneak peek, the story, “Another Breakup Song,” featuring a distinctly Raymond Carver-esque vibe.

September 10, 2014

Fact-Checking Fiasco 0

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What do you think gets fact-checked the most rigorously: newspaper articles, magazine stories, or books? If you guessed books, you’d be surprised to know that they are rarely, if ever, fact-checked. At The Atlantic, Kate Newman questions why we have so much faith in books’ accuracy but why publishers don’t bother.