Notable Articles

December 2, 2013

The Ultimate List: 25 Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 12

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I realized that I had a drawer full of blank journals that I had never used, all given to me by friends and family wanting to support my writing habit. I knew I couldn’t be the only writer with this particular surplus, so I decided to draw up a list of items that writers might actually use.

December 2, 2013

A Year in Reading: 2013 2

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Another year of living, another year of reading. And, if you’re like us, when you look back, you’ll mark out the year in books.

November 11, 2013

Call Me Twitterer: Literary Twitter’s First Tweets 5

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Twitter appears to be here to stay, for a while anyway. And it will remain a pastime for writers looking for book news, inspiration, distraction, literary puns, and every other thing they might want. But it wasn’t always that way. In the not too distant past, the literary lights of Twitter pecked out their first 140 characters and waited to see what Twitter would bring.

October 28, 2013

5 Series You Probably Missed as a Kid (But Should Read as an Adult) 47

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Each offers a thoroughly imagined world that’s immersive enough to make you feel like a kid again, with writing sharp and smart enough to satisfy a book-loving adult. 

July 10, 2013

The Greatest American Novel? 9 Experts Share Their Opinions 97

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When you set out to debate “the great American novel,” the stakes are high. We asked nine English scholars to choose one novel as the greatest our country has ever produced.

July 8, 2013

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2013 Book Preview 18

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At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 86 titles, this is the only second-half 2013 book preview you will ever need.

June 5, 2013

Modern Life is Rubbish: Tao Lin’s Taipei 94

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There is a small, deadly class of book that makes you never want to set pen to paper again. Tao Lin’s novel is a grave case of this kind, where you are faced with the consequences of writing down all the things you do or think. What if they sound like this? Colorless, witless, humorless. Picking out individual passages cannot express their cumulative monotonous assault on the senses.

May 17, 2013

Judging Luhrmann’s Gatsby: Five English Scholars Weigh In 22

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You might think that the people who know Fitzgerald’s novel best would have the most disapproving view of the movie. To test that hypothesis, we asked five English professors who specialize in American literature to take in an early showing and share their thoughts. And to our surprise, they liked it.

May 6, 2013

So That If I Died It Mattered 31

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When asked to explain my choices, I’ve said, “Art is how you explain what it feels like to be alive in the 21st century. I am an emotional historian.” But that’s really my answer to, “Why should we all make art?” My why is more personal.

April 1, 2013

Amazon Announces Purchase of English™ 25

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Plans are also in the works to acquire German, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese, Bezos said, as well as several nonstandard dialects of English™, including African-American Vernacular English, popular among the highly desirable 18-25 upscale suburban demographic.