Curiosities

February 22, 2015

Looking at Selma 0

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“A film based on a historical subject, even a beautifully shot one, can remind us without meaning to that although reading in the US is a minority activity, the book is still the only medium in which you can make a complicated argument.” Darryl Pinckney writes about “Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma” for the […]

February 22, 2015

Wordless Novels 0

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“There is a saying that has become a cliché: ‘Pictures speak louder than words.’ But sometimes, a picture can speak louder than words because it contains a profound silence. It’s what a picture does not say that can often make it loud. What is, after all, a wordless novel but a novel devoted to the […]

February 22, 2015

Kino 0

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Haruki Murakami, our favorite advice columnist, has a new piece of short fiction in the New Yorker.

February 21, 2015

Stories and Glass 0

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From the Paris Review: Daniel Torday on lost family stories, Pliny the Elder, and the origins of glass.

February 21, 2015

New Sherlock Holmes Story 0

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The last few weeks have been all about rediscovered works by beloved authors, first Harper Lee‘s upcoming sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, then Dr. Seuss‘s What Pet Should I Get? Now Arthur Conan Doyle joins the trend with a rediscovered Sherlock Holmes short story, available online from Vulture.

February 21, 2015

Rising to the Surface 0

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“In real life, we are often so bound by social convention, but at the same time we all have secret, inexplicable aspects of ourselves. The parts that nobody else sees. In fiction, we are not bound by social convention, so the things that mystify and unsettle are allowed to rise to the surface.” Salon interviews […]

February 20, 2015

Comic Macbeth 0

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On comic books, Scottish tribal tattoos, and adapting Macbeth: a look at the work of Gareth Hinds.

February 20, 2015

Literature, Morality, and $25,000 0

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“Morality… is a slippery slope and nowhere more, perhaps, than in regard to art, to literature, which begins as the expression of a single heart, a single mind. That it becomes more than that — connective, the fiber of a conversation between writer and reader, and between both of them and the world — is […]

February 20, 2015

Slantwise 0

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the possibilities for contemporary war literature, especially in light of the success of Phil Klay‘s Redeployment. Now Flavorwire considers “a crop of fiction that approaches the question of American intelligence, torture, and military intervention slantwise,” particularly Mark Doten’s The Infernal, which was included in our 2015 Book Preview.

February 20, 2015

Bernhard and Olive Garden 0

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“You could say that Fancy is about a couple of comical old kooks stuck in a dismal town finding creative ways of making themselves (and some luckless bystanders) crazy … and you wouldn’t be wrong. But you could also say that it’s the story of the composition of the manifesto of a bizarre and protean (protozoan?) order […]