Curiosities

May 22, 2015

Read Fast 0

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This week in book-related infographics: “24 Books You Can Read in Under an Hour.“

May 22, 2015

“A Imperfect Dad” 0

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“As much as I claimed that I read for my own edification, it was a lie. The books I was most drawn to were those that were loved by someone in my life. Reading them, I thought, would teach me all I needed to know about them—nice and safe, from a distance. Reading them with […]

May 22, 2015

Living Like Fitzgerald 0

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Looking for a new summer home? Something with an impressive literary pedigree? You’re in luck! Now you can buy the house where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gastsby for the low, low price of $3.8 million.

May 21, 2015

Tell Shorter Stories 2

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“The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of […]

May 21, 2015

Against Wunderkinds 0

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Recommended reading: Alexander Chee‘s essay “Against Wunderkinds.”

May 21, 2015

Rereading 0

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“I’ve come to understand that I’ll rarely experience that first rush of discovery again, and perhaps that’s the problem with re-reading. It reminds us both of where we’ve been and where we can’t go again.” Sarah Seltzer wonders why do we reread books as children but not as adults? Pair with Lisa Levy‘s essay on “The Pleasures […]

May 20, 2015

The Other Saul 0

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Louis Menand’s recent New Yorker piece about The Life of Saul Bellow, a new biography of the Nobel laureate by Zachary Leader. Now, in the LRB, Andrew O’Hagan reads the book. Sample quote: “Bellow’s community was his subject and his subject was his voice.”

May 20, 2015

Post-post 0

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Recommended Reading: Millions contributor Shaj Mathew on avant-garde fiction.

May 20, 2015

Unofficial 0

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For Perry Link, it was embarrassing to read Eileen Chang for the first time, because her work revealed things about China it took him too long to learn on his own. In The New York Review of Books, he writes about how Naked Earth, which the magazine’s publishing arm is republishing in June, cut through […]

May 20, 2015

Dial G 0

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“Genius” is a loaded term. Its application usually says more about the person making the judgment than it does about the genius in question. In The Guardian, Sophie Hannah argues that the term isn’t used enough to describe one writer in particular: Agatha Christie. You could also read Daniel Friedman on the terrible secret of all […]