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June 19, 2016

Writing the Godfather of Soul 0

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“Kill ‘Em and Leave is [James] McBride’s own testament to [James] Brown’s philosophy. It’s a stunningly unorthodox book, indifferent to the conventions of biographical nonfiction … The book is a hybrid of forms, largely a telling of Brown’s life story and partly a telling of McBride’s search for that story, with digressions about the author’s own life, essayistic ruminations on […]

June 18, 2016

Bro, Do You Even Read? 0

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The Toast may be closing its doors soon, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still putting out hilarious pieces. This week, it’s Vape Aficionado’s Guide to Finding a Token Lady-Writer, featuring such gems as: “Margaret Atwood: Because she’s good at Twitter and you forgot how to spell ‘Le Guin,’” and “George Eliot: Whoops, you thought […]

June 18, 2016

No Moral Order 0

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Recommended Reading: On James Sallis, criminally under-read American crime writer and contemporary paranoid, whose novels we should definitely be talking about.

June 18, 2016

The Science of Poetry 0

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The relationship between poetry and science is more inextricably (and historically) linked than you might imagine: “In the late 1700s, scientific treatises were written in poetic form because poetry was considered the language of intellect and the future.”

June 18, 2016

Refusing the Rest 0

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“My father’s life intersected with a century of conflict, horror and invention. He deciphered these histories for me, making me his scribe in a new century. My successes were his successes, and his stories thrum in every word I write. He taught me to see like a writer, to be attentive to the stories that […]

June 18, 2016

Crystallized Political Commitments 0

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“Elizabeth Hardwick, a formidable feminist in a different key, declared, ‘I don’t know what happened. She got swept too far. She deliberately made herself ugly and wrote those extreme and ridiculous poems.’” On the (difficult) art and activism of Adrienne Rich.

June 17, 2016

You’re Obama 0

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“And then Obama comes over to my desk with the speech, and he has a few edits. And he’s like, ‘I just want to go through some of these edits and make sure you’re ok with this. I did this for this reason. Are you ok with that?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, buddy. You’re Barack […]

June 17, 2016

Meet Miss Simone 0

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Meet Eunice Waymon, who Nina Simone was before she became Nina Simone. John Lahr reviews What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light. Pair with Bill Morris’s piece on the Hollywood biopic.

June 17, 2016

Not So Smart 0

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Ava Kofman writes about Disney’s Smart House becoming a reality (or just making our lives more difficult).

June 17, 2016

Goldacre 0

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Monica Youn reflects on her poem about Twinkies and race for The Paris Review Daily. “I wanted to capture something about the link between racism and nostalgia.”