Curiosities

November 22, 2014

America’s First Bohemians 0

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Recommended reading: Brandon Ambrosino interviews Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, about, well, Walt Whitman and America’s first bohemians.

November 22, 2014

Writers on Reading 0

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How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Den Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.

November 21, 2014

A New Adaptation of 1984 0

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This week in book-to-film adaptation news: a new version of 1984 is in the works, with Paul Greengrass signed on to direct and a screenplay by James Graham.

November 21, 2014

How Should Books Be Organized? 0

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Reading books is great; buying books is better. But how should they be organized? NPR, under the guidance of librarian Kee Malesky, has some pointers.

November 21, 2014

The Oyster Review 0

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The e-book subscription service Oyster has recently launched The Oyster Review, and we have reason to be excited: the first issue names our own Emily St. James Mandel‘s Last Night in Montreal “The Book of the Week” and features a look at the novel written by former Millions intern Rachel Hurn.

November 21, 2014

“Principally & Unaccountably Strange” 0

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Murray Farish‘s debut collection, Inappropriate Behavior, includes tales of fictionalized or alternative history that incline toward the surreal. He discusses the “principally and unaccountably strange” with Evelyn Somers, who has written about his work before, at Bloom. Fancy yourself more weirdness? Head to Weird Fiction Review curated by Jeff VanderMeer, whose Southern Reach trilogy was just released in one volume.

November 20, 2014

Social Poetry 0

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“Shelley once called poets the ‘unacknowledged legislators of the world,’” but has the social role of poetry changed since Shelley’s time?

November 20, 2014

Mad or Not 0

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“It’s not clear whether he really went mad or not, but he was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics—an admirably blunt name, no?”— Frank Key writes about Christopher Smart, “an intimate of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and Henry Fielding” and an excellent cat poet, for the Public Domain Review.

November 20, 2014

Death, Sex, Money & James McBride 0

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Recommended listening: Death, Sex & Money talks with James McBride, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction.

November 20, 2014

Ripatrazone & Reviews 0

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Our staff writer Nick Ripatrazone has published two books in the last year – the short story collection Good People and the novella We Will Listen For You – and both have recently been reviewed in New Jersey papers, which agree that the books are “an invitation to look beyond the stone walls of churches […]