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March 2, 2013

The Horror of Pharmacy, the Horror of Trains 0

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Nathaniel Rich, who seems to have endured his 47-hour train trip without descending into madness, describes one of his favorite historical attractions in New Orleans: the Pharmacy Museum. “There are few things in life more terrifying than antiquated medical devices,” he writes.

March 2, 2013

“And then later how we were terrible again” 0

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Recommended Reading: Guernica’s excerpt from Matt Bell’s upcoming novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods.

March 2, 2013

“Moby Ick’s more like it.” 0

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“Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Melville’s Moby-Dick“

March 1, 2013

A Model of Quiet Dissent 0

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“Born Guan Moye, he chose his pen name—“Don’t Talk”—to honor his mother’s caution against talking too much and in sardonic recognition of his failure to heed her warning. Yet I have been struck by his quiet and unassuming presence at literary conferences in Beijing, where he offered kind encouragement in private meetings but evinced a […]

March 1, 2013

Moonlighting as Ian Fleming 0

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It’s rare that you find someone as eclectic as William Boyd. Not only did the British writer’s new play (based on two of Chekhov’s short stories) debut in London this week, his upcoming novel will star none other than James Bond. (If you’re wondering, his friend Daniel Craig is not how he pictures the superspy.)

March 1, 2013

Based on a True Story 0

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Jon Methven (of This Is Your Captain Speaking) has a problem: one of his characters trashed his novel on Amazon.

March 1, 2013

Picture a Conflict 0

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Bring Back the Illustrated Book! vs. The Illustrated Book: It Never Went Away! (Bonus: our own Garth Risk Hallberg’s novella has a cameo in the latter.)

March 1, 2013

Style-Elements 0

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A question that plagues American writers: how would the lit world be different if everybody followed the rules in The Elements of Style? The answer: it would look like this.

March 1, 2013

It’s Bracket Season 1

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The Morning News Tournament of Books is almost here, and to stoke our excitement, the editors drew up this neat-looking circular bracket. If you squint at the top left, you’ll see our own Edan Lepucki, who’s judging The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

February 28, 2013

Renata Adler’s Dazzling Hurdles 0

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Gary Indiana posits that “no current literary label appealingly describes the kind of narratives [Renata Adler’s] Speedboat and Pitch Dark are.” This might be true. However in the name of moving forward with discussion, perhaps we can all go with Matthew Spektor’s summation of Adler’s debut novel: “if it’s ‘like’ anything at all, a steeplechase […]