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June 14, 2017

Blocked 0

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“Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.” Stephen King responds to news that the U.S. President doesn’t want the author reading his Twitter account. Luckily, reports Entertainment Weekly, J.K. Rowling has stepped in, offering to DM King anything he misses (these are all sentences we regret having to write, […]

June 14, 2017

Bow Down 0

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The U.S. Library of Congress has named its newest poet laureate, reports The New York Times. Tracy K. Smith says,  “I’m very excited about the opportunity to take what I consider to be the good news of poetry to parts of the country where literary festivals don’t always go. Poetry is something that’s relevant to everyone’s life, whether […]

June 13, 2017

A Life in Books 0

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“Reading is a type of reckoning with the self. That may sound like a simplistic platitude, but platitudes exist only because they are true, our self-serving intellectual mirrors be damned.” Cher Tan shares a lifetime’s reading history with Catapult, tracing her trajectory from “[k]eeping up with the boys” during high school to this past year, in […]

June 13, 2017

From Text to Triage 0

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“Megan Gething jumped in to action and tied a pair of shorts around her friend’s leg to slow blood loss, using a tip she learned from the young adult science fiction novels.” A 12-year-old Massachusetts girl used what she read about creating a tourniquet from The Hunger Games to rescue her friend, reports the AP […]

June 13, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Gay; LaValle; Beattie; Everett; Jaswal; Hamilton; Cole 0

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Out this week: Hunger by Roxane Gay; The Changeling by Victor LaValle; The Accomplished Guest by Ann Beattie; So Much Blue by Percival Everett; Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal; The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton; and Blind Spot by Teju Cole. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

June 12, 2017

Bullish on Bookstagram 0

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“It’s hard to say what truly moves the needle. Bookstagrammers help in that they get images of your book cover out there (and they make them look so pretty!), and readers need to see a book a couple of times, in a couple of different places, before they are inclined to buy it.” Author Brenda […]

June 12, 2017

The Show-and-Tell Tale Heart 0

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“Due to its adult subject matter, it was the first animated film to receive an “X” rating (or “suitable for those aged 16 and over”) in the UK.” Open Culture features a creepily fantastic animated adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe‘s classic story “The Tell Tale Heart,” noting that the nearly 8-minute short was voted the 24th greatest […]

June 11, 2017

First Steps 0

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Can a book prepare you for motherhood? A reader asks this question in the Match Book column in the Times.

June 10, 2017

The Cool Kids 0

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Sometimes it seems that adolescence lasts forever. Unfortunately, there’s now evidence that it does in many ways. At The Atlantic, Megan Garber reviews Popular, a new book by a psychology professor which examines, well, popularity.

June 9, 2017

To Paraphrase Potter Stewart 0

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“The more you take, the more you have to give back — the better the work has to be.” The New York Times features Year in Reading alum Rivka Galchen in dialogue with Anna Holmes (“You can’t always prove appropriation, but you usually know it when you see it”) on the distinction between artistic license and cultural theft. Pair with […]