Curiosities

January 31, 2016

God Save the Queen 0

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This one won’t do much to lift the Sunday spirits, but it’s an important read nonetheless. Here’s Ed Miliband’s thoughtful essay at the London Review of Books on the growing inequality problem in Britain, which should look very familiar to those of us stateside. Here are a couple of less depressing Britain-related links to bring you back around.

January 30, 2016

The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance 0

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(Reluctantly) Recommended Reading: On the surprising racism of children’s books.

January 30, 2016

The Realities of a Tiny House 0

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“AYN: This house was built in 1835 but, as you can see, the antiquated design elements suggest the work of a second-rate architect in love with the past who never had an original thought in his wasted life.” Go check out the newest episode of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist House Hunters at McSweeney’s.

January 30, 2016

Miss Masterpiece 0

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“The blackly comic energy of Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts—its caustic ebullience, the strange buoyancy of its suffering—is a remarkably American achievement, a kind of death-dance capered on the corpse of a vividly rendered early 1930s Manhattan.” On Miss Lonelyhearts, the darkest American masterpiece.

January 30, 2016

Act 266, Scene 6 0

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How do you turn a 900-page novel into a play? You make it five hours long, that’s how. Roberto Bolaño’s classic 2666 is headed for the stage.

January 30, 2016

Finnegans What, Now? 0

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I hope you had your Wheaties this morning, because this one is a doozy. Scientists at Poland’s Institute of Nuclear Physics have discovered complex “fractal” sentence patterning in classic works of literature that is nearly identical to “ideal” mathematics. Maybe Finnegans Wake does make sense, after all.

January 29, 2016

The Masters Review Submissions are Open 2

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Submissions have opened for The Masters Review. Ten short stories written by emerging writers will be published in their latest anthology. Amy Hempel will judge the submissions, and the winners will receive a total of $5,000.

January 29, 2016

On Literary Blogging 0

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Book Snobbishness: “Using your personal taste or literary standards to dictate to other people what they should spend their time or money on. It’s not just about looking down on someone for reading romance or science fiction (though that’s part of it, of course), but also about shaming readers for where they spend money or […]

January 29, 2016

Lewis Carroll on Writers’ Block 0

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Experiencing writers’ block? Lewis Carroll has a few tips to help you out. We revisited Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass following Tim Burton’s film release.

January 29, 2016

How to Win a National Magazine Award 0

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Medium spells out how to win a National Magazine Award. Your article should be over 6,500 words. (It also helps if you are a man.) Deena Drewis writes about sexism in our categorizations of women’s writing.