Curiosities

November 14, 2015

War Is Beautiful 0

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“When danger or pain press too nearly, they are incapable of giving any delight, and are simply terrible; but at certain distances and with certain modifications, they may be, and they are delightful, as we every day experience. The cause of this I shall endeavour to investigate further.” David Shields quotes Edmund Burke in an […]

November 14, 2015

Are You Experienced? 0

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Who’s the Jimi Hendrix of Wordstock? Though it is unlikely to become a lasting cultural landmark the caliber of Woodstock, the recent Wordstock festival in Portland was nonetheless a runaway success for its 6,000 attendees. This piece on the London Book Fair has a decidedly different tone.

November 13, 2015

New Edith Wharton Discovered 0

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A new short story by Edith Wharton has been discovered in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at Yale. The nine-page story, “The Field of Honour,” takes place in 1915. We reflect on Wharton’s work.

November 13, 2015

Preview Michelle Tea 0

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At McSweeney’s, preview Michelle Tea’s Castle on the River Vistula, the final installment of her Chelsea trilogy. You could also check out our piece on contemporary YA fiction and talk therapy.

November 13, 2015

Hotel Reviews Reviewed 0

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Year in Reading Alum Alexander Chee reviews Rick Moody’s latest release, Hotels of North America. “The present is too cruel for him, and yet he cannot change it, so there is this instead, sentence by sentence, a nod to the past that is really a nod to his own past. A conflation of his nostalgia […]

November 13, 2015

How Could You Like That Book? 0

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“On the other hand, I do spend endless hours mulling over the mystery of what others like. Again and again the question arises: How can they?” Tim Parks asks us why we enjoy reading what we read at The New York Review of Books. For Millions readers’ favorites, check out October’s Top 10.

November 13, 2015

Indie History 0

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At Lit Hub, explore the origin stories of twenty-one independent presses like Tin House, Counterpoint Press, and Drawn & Quarterly. We reviewed Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th anniversary release.

November 12, 2015

Writing Back to van Gogh 0

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Novelist Nicole Krauss writes to Vincent van Gogh as a part of the Amsterdam van Gogh Museum’s latest exhibit in which twenty-three artists and writers respond to his life’s work. We’ve written about van Gogh a few times.

November 12, 2015

Music Inspired by Literature 0

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Have you ever wondered how Kafka’s The Trial would translate in music? Philip Glass adapted the novel, and more, to music. Read about other music inspired by literature at Ploughshares. For more on music and literature, check out our Torch Ballads and Jukebox Music column.

November 12, 2015

Finding the Fairy Tale Capital 0

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Where is the fairy tale capital of the world? Atlas Obscura investigates. We write about the problem with fairy tales.