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December 9, 2016

A Year in Reading: Mauro Javier Cardenas 0

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Porpora demonstrates how easy it is for citizens to shirk responsibility for horrendous acts enacted by their government and asks whether the United States became a party to a genocide-like event in Central America (the answer is yes).

December 9, 2016

On Optimism and Despair 2

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“In your earlier novels you sounded so optimistic, but now your books are tinged with despair. Is this fair to say?” Zadie Smith‘s remarks upon accepting the 2016 Welt Literature Prize on November 10th, and the question of whether “multiculturalism” is a failed experiment. Read our review of Smith’s latest novel, Swing Time, here.

December 9, 2016

Why Words Matter 0

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“The hijacking of public language, as is happening now, is a way to shift perception—to bend and control thought—and must be resisted.” Summer Brennan pens a powerful first entry for her twice-monthly column about language and power at The Literary Hub. Read also our own Lydia Kiesling, who tells us, “I have to believe that literature can be a […]

December 9, 2016

A Year in Reading: Megan Abbott 0

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These are books that reach their hand out and say: This is hard, all of it, but we have to. We have to.

December 9, 2016

A Year in Reading: Jacqueline Woodson 2

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I will not finish a book I don’t love to the bone. Life is too short. There are far too many good books out there. I’m looking forward to finishing more of the ones I love.

December 8, 2016

A Year in Reading: Bich Minh Nguyen 1

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And with all of this rage and sorrow and longing, there is laughter in these books.

December 8, 2016

Biblio-klepto-mania 1

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“Symptoms included a frenzy for culling and hunting down first editions, rare copies, books of certain sizes or printed on specific paper.” Lauren Young writes in Atlas Obscura about the phenomenon of bibliomania, “a dark pseudo-psychological illness” that afflicted upper-class victims in Europe and England during the 1800s. And for a first-hand account of more contemporary book theft, read John […]

December 8, 2016

A Year in Reading: Sally Rooney 2

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A grim and angry novel to begin a grim and angry year.

December 8, 2016

No Bastion for Books 0

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“She gathered books to display for attendees and discovered that inside the cover of one, ‘The Koran for Dummies,’ someone had written “lies cover to cover,” drawn a swastika and made a disparaging remark about the Prophet Muhammad.” The president of the American Library Association reports “startling increases” in 2016 of vandalism, including hateful messages, at […]

December 8, 2016

A Year in Reading: Yuri Herrera 0

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I so liked the character waiting for me when I came home: her litany of complaints, dry humor and self-deprecation, and the weird suspense that fills every day of her life.