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June 20, 2013

Domino Effect 0

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2,131 books and 27 volunteers helped The Seattle Public Library set the record for longest book domino chain earlier this month.

June 20, 2013

Literature With a Bang 0

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What can you find at a gun show: firearms, NRA-lovers, and chapbooks? Patrick Wensink discovers the literary subculture of gun enthusiasts. Best chapbook titles: “Homebrew TNT,” “Beat the Box: The Insider’s Guide to Beating the Lie Detector” and “Emergency War Surgery.”

June 20, 2013

Mislabeled 0

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Can writers transcend race? LaTanya McQueen argues that labeling fiction as minority gets in the way of the story at The Missouri Review blog. Also, see our essay on the racial and gender barriers in the publishing industry. 

June 20, 2013

Typecast 0

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There’s a reason why we hate Comic Sans so much. Chris Gayomali discovers just how typeface can influence how we think and read. Hint: if you want to seem credible, use Baskerville. Pair with our essay on the obscure punctuation mark, the interrobang.

June 20, 2013

Put a Bird on It 1

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Jonathan Franzen spent the first half of his life thinking about literature, now he plans to devote the other half to birds. It looks like Freedom is becoming reality as he puts on his bird-watching binoculars again to discuss the “appalling” songbird hunting in the Mediterranean for National Geographic.

June 20, 2013

That’s A Wrap, Says Alice Munro 0

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Alice Munro announced her retirement from writing this week. “Perhaps, when you’re my age,” she told a National Post reporter, “you don’t wish to be alone as much as a writer has to be.” Previously the Canadian author announced her retirement in 2006, but that didn’t stop her from publishing two more books – including her latest story collection, Dear […]

June 19, 2013

“Godfather? Me?” 0

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Recommended Reading: “The Loneliness of Certain American States” by Catherine Lacey.

June 19, 2013

The Case of the Selfless Detective 0

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In one among several lost Nancy Drew books, the girl detective asks herself “why she feels compelled to spend all her time and energy solving other people’s problems.”

June 19, 2013

Strange Brew 0

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Lorrie Moore once said in an interview that what’s good for writing is bad for life. In this vein, we might assume that coffee, which is bad for your health but good for your writing, neatly supports her conjecture. But what if it turns out that coffee is a detriment to creativity? Maria Konnikova investigates […]

June 19, 2013

More from Leon Wieseltier 0

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about this year’s Brandeis commencement, at which New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier argued that the humanities are under siege in America. In this week’s issue of Prospect Magazine, Malcolm Nicholson interviews Wieseltier, who claims that “we live in a culture of worthless praise.”