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May 22, 2015

Read Fast 0

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This week in book-related infographics: “24 Books You Can Read in Under an Hour.“

May 22, 2015

“A Imperfect Dad” 0

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“As much as I claimed that I read for my own edification, it was a lie. The books I was most drawn to were those that were loved by someone in my life. Reading them, I thought, would teach me all I needed to know about them—nice and safe, from a distance. Reading them with […]

May 22, 2015

Off Leash: On André Alexis’s ‘Fifteen Dogs’ 0

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Alexis’s conceit, in which dogs are caught between human and canine worlds, in a sense reflects their real-life predicament: dogs are creatures upon whom owners project distinctly human intelligence and emotions.

May 22, 2015

Living Like Fitzgerald 0

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Looking for a new summer home? Something with an impressive literary pedigree? You’re in luck! Now you can buy the house where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gastsby for the low, low price of $3.8 million.

May 22, 2015

The Creative Chrysalis: On Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seveneves’ 2

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A big heaping slab of idea-packed, throwback, hard sci-fi, Stephenson’s latest brick of a book is thought-provoking but staid; a sad turn for one of the sharpest, most irreverent minds in a genre still reinventing itself.

May 21, 2015

Tell Shorter Stories 1

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“The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of […]

May 21, 2015

Against Wunderkinds 0

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Recommended reading: Alexander Chee‘s essay “Against Wunderkinds.”

May 21, 2015

What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright 0

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For the first time in my writing life, I think the future is going to be a better balanced one. The Irish tradition has been very male heavy. It’s going to see these younger women coming through, and they don’t give a damn. It seems that something is over. Some idea of Irishness that doesn’t involve being female is over.

May 21, 2015

Rereading 0

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“I’ve come to understand that I’ll rarely experience that first rush of discovery again, and perhaps that’s the problem with re-reading. It reminds us both of where we’ve been and where we can’t go again.” Sarah Seltzer wonders why do we reread books as children but not as adults? Pair with Lisa Levy‘s essay on “The Pleasures […]

May 21, 2015

Sheep Lit: On Writing (and Reading) About the Lives of Shepherds 1

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Writing about sheep is a thread that twists through 20th-century explorations of the British landscape, and one that I have become eager to unravel.