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August 1, 2013

Stranger than Fiction 1

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We’ve traced how Stoner became a bestseller in Europe, but I took a closer look at where the book started, The University of Missouri, for Vox Magazine. As it turns out, John Williams found inspiration in some real faculty rivalries.

August 1, 2013

Will the Real Borges Please Stand Up? 0

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“The thing Borges was most skeptical about was the idea of a writer, a man, named Borges.” Our own Mark O’Connell writes about Borges for The New Yorker.

August 1, 2013

Gary Shteyngart Becomes A Glasshole 0

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Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story is now a reality. He got to try Google Glass and wrote about the experience for The New Yorker. “When the velvet-rope hostess at the of-the-moment Wythe Hotel bar in Williamsburg stops to take a photo of me with her iPhone, I know exactly what the producer meant. […]

July 31, 2013

The Tiny Gatsby 0

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Here’s a question for a lexicographer: is a book still called a book if it’s too small for a person to read? Moreover, what do you call people who collect miniature books as a hobby?

July 31, 2013

The Joy of Work 0

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Recommended: Catie Disabato on day jobs.

July 31, 2013

“How do I know it’s real?” 0

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Twenty-five years ago this month, Mary Gaitskill published Bad Behavior, a story collection so accomplished that even Michiko Kakutani thought the book had “radar-perfect detail.” Now, to commemorate the anniversary, The Slant interviews Gaitskill, who discusses her debut and the effect of porn on our culture. (In case you didn’t know, a story in Bad Behavior […]

July 31, 2013

The Pioneer Detectives: Now on iTunes! 0

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Good news folks. The Pioneer Detectives, our new ebook original, is now available on iTunes.

July 31, 2013

It’s Late 0

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Recent Pulitzer laureate Adam Johnson has a new short story in Esquire, and it’s a doozy, invoking drone strikes, Obama and Kurt Cobain in the course of its tightly-knit plot. Sample quote: “I wonder if the First Lady was the one to turn off the machine.”

July 31, 2013

Familiar Choices 0

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At NPR’s blog, Meg Wolitzer chooses five summer books that deserve more attention from readers. If you’re a Millions regular, though, you may find her selections a wee bit familiar, seeing as we reviewed Jessica Soffer’s book, interviewed This Is Running For Your Life author Michelle Orange and published The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards author […]

July 30, 2013

Yossarian Wins 0

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At The Paris Review Daily, Katherine Hill (whose debut novel came out two weeks ago) comes up with a bracket of ideal literary friends. (Understandably, Portnoy beat out Humbert Humbert.)