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November 28, 2014

From Under a Heavy Plinth 0

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“The story that Lee’s book tells (or tries to tell, because much evidence has been obscured or lost) is not about patience on a monument but about talent buried under a heavy plinth, and discovered only just in time—the late achievement less a measured distillation than a lifesaving decoction.” James Wood reviews Hermione Lee‘s new […]

November 28, 2014

“Unhappy in Their Own Ways” 0

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This week in book-related infographics: A look at the Russian novelists, “Unhappy in Their Own Ways,” from The New York Times.

November 28, 2014

P.D. James Passes Away 0

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Author P.D. James, “the Queen of crime writing” and subject of one of our Post-4o Bloomers essays, has passed away, reports the BBC.

November 28, 2014

Barnes and Noble’s Black Friday Plan 0

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Today is the much-discussed Black Friday, and Barnes and Noble has recruited prominent authors including Donna Tartt and David Mitchell to help raise holiday sales. The plan? To sell roughly 500,000 signed books.

November 28, 2014

The Elusive Qualities of Dreams: On Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library’ 1

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Everything that comes to pass in ‘The Strange Library,’ like in so much of Murakami’s fiction, questions the differences between what is real and what is not, and whether such a distinction even matters.

November 28, 2014

Her Well-Spent Adulthood: On Meghan Daum’s ‘The Unspeakable’ 1

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In its own, understated, comic way, The Unspeakable is a very ambitious book, one that attempts to chart a personal evolution, while at the same time acknowledging that the idea of personal growth is at best absurd.

November 27, 2014

Gestation of Ideas: On Vertical Writing and Living 1

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I am not a writer first. I have a family, and without them I would have little reason to want to write — or to do anything else. My desire to create is held in silence during the day, so that my literary moments can be focused and absolute.

November 26, 2014

The Latest from Canada 0

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Need some more Canadian literature in your life? The Walrus asked several authors to pick their favorite books of the year. Among their selections are The Betrayers, a novel by Year in Reading alum David Bezmozgis, and Wallflowers, the recent collection of stories by Eliza Robertson. Pair with: Andrew Saikali on Canadian novellas.

November 26, 2014

Gentlemen of Your Acquaintance 0

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“A wealthy and influential harridan disapproves of you and makes sure everyone within earshot knows it. You don’t give a fig what she thinks. You flutter your fan defiantly.” How to tell if you’re in a regency romance novel.

November 26, 2014

Emazing 0

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Fans of the French Oulipo movement will know about A Void, the Georges Perec novel written entirely without the use of the letter “e.” What very few readers of any kind know, however, is that in 1939, thirty years before Perec’s novel was published, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a book in English, Gadsby, that hewed […]