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June 15, 2012

Rereading Dostoevsky 0

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David Denby wonders: After nearly 150 years have passed since its initial publication and countless imitators have blunted its artistic radicalism does Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground still pack a punch? For more contemporary readings of Dostoevsky, see Rob Goodman’s recent article on forensics, The Brothers Karamazov and the death of the courtroom drama.

June 15, 2012

Gives a Whole New Meaning to “Posting Up with a Book” 0

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For those awkward outdoor situations in which you can’t overtly clutch a book to passively inform onlookers “hey, I read,” Fieldcandy has designed a tent that looks like a book.

June 15, 2012

Remembering the Novel 0

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If novels are written to remind us of our mistakes and we keep repeating those mistakes, why read novels at all?, asks Alberto Manguel. Richard Lea discusses authors’ views on the relationship between the novel and memory at The International Forum on the Novel.

June 15, 2012

Five for the Price of One 0

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Looking for a summer pen pal or five? Our friends at The Rumpus have put together a program in which you write one letter and receive five in return. Act fast: participating letters must be postmarked no later than today.

June 14, 2012

Would a softer sort of blackmail be called graymail? 0

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Over at Melville House, editor Ellie Robbins has discovered an App that might help you finish your novel: it involves your Facebook friends, one compromising picture, and some, um, lighthearted blackmail.

June 14, 2012

“I don’t believe the reader needs to know anything about me.” 1

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Ben Lerner has a story [subscription required] in this week’s New Yorker that, like his debut novel Leaving the Atocha Station, features a protagonist named The Author.  The magazine interviewed Lerner about the invitation to blur his fiction with his autobiography. He says that his work in an exercise in “activating those questions in peculiar […]

June 14, 2012

A TumBelivr event in San Fran! 0

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Tumblr and the Believer are throwing a party at San Fransisco’s Make-Out Room! Sheila Heti will be there, and so will Issac Fitzgerald, and Melissa Graeber.  If you’d like to cover this event for #LitBeat, well, just get in touch!

June 14, 2012

e-reading Thomas Pynchon 0

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After years of resistance, Thomas Pynchon is only now allowing for his work to be sold as ebooks.

June 13, 2012

McGregor Takes the IMPAC 2

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Jon McGregor has won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, otherwise known as the richest literary prize in all the land*, for his novel Even the Dogs. To check out the rest of the pool, you can revisit our coverage of both the long and shortlist for the prize. (McGregor’s tweet about this whole affair […]

June 13, 2012

Alliteration Works, See? 0

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Continuing her ongoing instructional column for The New York Times, Constance Hale gives some pointers on the sweet science of writing for the ear.