Curiosities

April 26, 2015

Lessons in Failure 0

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“In eleven years, I’ve written four books: three novels and one story collection. Only the story collection has ever seen the light of day; the first two novels, including my thesis, were never published and the third novel is making the rounds with agents right now. I’d like to believe I’ve learned a few things […]

April 26, 2015

Literary Paper Dolls 0

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What better way to celebrate pioneering women writers ranging from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Edith Wharton than with a collection of literary paper dolls?

April 25, 2015

The Greatest Literary Pubs 0

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Recommended… drinking?: A tour of the world’s greatest literary pubs.

April 25, 2015

What’s So Great? 0

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“Diversity matters. Not only in what we look like, or what religion we practice, or in whom we love, but also in how we live our lives, including the order in which we go about things, the seasons in which we are able to create art.” Robin Black wonders “What’s So Great About Young Writers?” […]

April 24, 2015

Russian Slapstick 0

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“Russian humor is to ordinary humor what backwoods fundamentalist poisonous snake handling is to a petting zoo. Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.” Ian Frazier writes about the strange humor of Daniil Kharms for the New York Review of Books.

April 24, 2015

How Animals Think 0

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Recommended reading: “Can Fiction Show Us How Animals Think?” Or is the realist novel the wrong form for exploring “the profoundly foreign interior lives of animals?”

April 24, 2015

A Political Wrinkle in Time 0

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A deleted passage from A Wrinkle in Time has been rediscovered and released, and it spells out a more nuanced political philosophy for the novel. That’s what The Wall Street Journal is saying, anyway.

April 24, 2015

Doubtful 0

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“I have yet to publish a book. The reason for that is, in part, life gets in the way. There’s work and love and art and art usually comes last, (especially for we women writers). But for me, part of what weighs art down and keeps it in last place is overwhelming self-doubt.” In an […]

April 23, 2015

Four Legs Good 0

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This week in book-related infographics: a look at “Memorable Animals from Literature” ranging from Moby Dick to Snowball to Jonathan Livingston Seagull. After all, lest we forget, “four legs good, two legs bad.”

April 23, 2015

Reading Mustang 0

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Recommended listening: Anjelica Huston reads an excerpt of Deanne Stillman‘s Mustang.