Curiosities

November 17, 2012

“It was not intended to drive people crazy” 0

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In a piece originally published in a 1913 edition of The Forerunner, Charlotte Perkins Gilman explains why she felt inspired to write “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

November 16, 2012

“Most boring meteorological significance” 0

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Vanity Fair has an excerpt of Back to Blood in its latest issue. (Our own Nick Moran’s review of the book is worth reading before you proceed.)

November 16, 2012

“Jawline of an aircraft carrier” 0

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“It’s like a crackpot combination of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute and Lars von Trier’s Dogville. Does this crazy idea work? Maybe 70 percent of the time, but when it does it’s both daring and brilliant.” At Salon, Andrew O’Hehir is surprised by Anna Karenina.

November 16, 2012

The Author Would Like to Say Something 0

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Now that Louise Erdrich has won the National Book Award, it’s worth looking back on her interviews from recent years. You can read her piece in the Art of Fiction series, published in 2010  in The Paris Review; you could try her interview with the Times from back in October; or else you could take a look […]

November 16, 2012

Antidote Man 0

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According to Smithsonian Magazine, Buzzfeed is the mortal enemy of the highbrow Lapham’s Quarterly. Regardless of which source of media you side with in the rivalry, it’s worth reading through their profile of Lewis Lapham.

November 16, 2012

Obrigada, Senhora 0

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Read a lot of Granta? Want to hang out with Brazilians? The magazine is hosting a number of events to celebrate its cool new collection.

November 15, 2012

New from Alexandra Fuller 0

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Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight author Alexandra Fuller has a new memoir out in a shorter ebook format, Falling: The Story of a Marriage

November 15, 2012

Edan’s Story is The Standard 0

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Our own Edan Lepucki’s “Ambulance of Boys” was one of the finalists in the Standard/Warby Short Story Contest. You can read check out all of the winners over here. (Edan’s is on page 8.)

November 15, 2012

Junot Díaz’s Twitter Fiction 1

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As part of the ongoing Miami Book Fair International festivities, WLRN is giving readers a chance to co-author a story with Junot Díaz. Beginning at 5pm today, they will tweet out the first line to a story—provided by Díaz—from their Twitter account. Then readers will use the hashtag “#WLRNStory” to add onto Díaz’s line, and […]

November 15, 2012

The Naval Academy’s Reading List for Life 4

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What does it mean that so many faculty members at the United States Naval Academy have recommended Ayn Rand’s work on the “Reading List For Life?”