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August 20, 2013

Big Fans 0

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Chances are you know (and chances are you wonder why you know) that 50 Shades of Grey started out as a work of Twilight fanfiction. You probably harbor some deep suspicions about the value of fanfiction as a genre. But what if I were to tell you that the prototypical work of fanfiction is… The Gospels?

August 20, 2013

RIP Elmore Leonard 0

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RIP Elmore Leonard, who passed away this morning at his home in Michigan at the age of 87. Our own Bill Morris got to the heart of what made Leonard a special writer in his 2010 piece about the prolific crime novelist.

August 20, 2013

No Word on What He Thought of Richard Simmons 0

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In a review of My 1980s & Other Essays, Adam Kirsch reveals that Wayne Koestenbaum once compared a verse from a Robert Lowell poem to Buns of Steel. (Yes, that Buns of Steel.)

August 20, 2013

Tuesday New Release Day: Pessl, Shomer, McBride, Keneally, Banville/Black 0

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New this week: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride; Night Film by Marisha Pessl; The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer; The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally; and Holy Orders, a new Quirke novel by John Banville/Benjamin Black. For more on these and other upcoming releases, check out our Great 2013 […]

August 19, 2013

“The petty savageries of family” 0

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Recommended Reading: Laura Bogart on the weird art of memoir writing. (h/t The Rumpus)

August 19, 2013

One-Night Reads 3

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“Ever since, I have added a new layer of rules for my casual sex partners, especially when I end up in their space: I ask them for a book prior to exiting. I might phrase it more diplomatically, saying ‘I just want to read something on my train-ride back,’ or ‘I just finished my last […]

August 19, 2013

“Best” and “Worst” Are Prominent 0

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Here is a mosaic of Charles Dickens compiled from the author’s own words. (Related: I wrote about his children last week.)

August 19, 2013

Bad Yet Vital 1

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As you may have heard from our own Bill Morris, The Canyons, the new movie starring James Deen and Lindsey Lohan, is a bad film that somehow manages to be worth watching anyway. At the LARB, Naomi Fry agrees with this assessment, arguing that the film is important because it “identifies how desperately many of us still want […]

August 19, 2013

Views of the Sandworm 0

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Now that classic sci-fi mag Omni has risen from the Hades of publishing, editors are combing its massive archives in search of material to republish. Among that material, it turns out, are drawings of Dune homeworld Arrakis — drawings that happen to be endorsed by none other than Frank Herbert himself.

August 18, 2013

You Wouldn’t Understand 0

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How do American high school cliques get their colorful names? At The Morning News, Michael Erard investigates.