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December 19, 2014

A Year in Reading: William Giraldi 0

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Only those with a consummate lack of cleverness wield the word “clever” as an insult, and De Vries demonstrates just how much can be done with a creative intelligence charged by the clever and satirical and ironic.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 1

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Delightfully free of finger-pointing, cheap nostalgia, or breathless boosterism, the book makes the point that only through an understanding of this troubled city’s history can one hope to understand its current woes and its possible ways forward. 

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Julia Fierro 0

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It’s rare that a book inspires me as both a writer and a reader, and The Barter did just that, while exploring, with refreshing honesty, the internal and external demands that women continue to face.

December 18, 2014

Great Sentences 0

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We’ve been writing quite a bit about our favorite books from this year, but Brooklyn Magazine is going one step further and listing 2014’s best sentences.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Caitlin Doughty 1

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Each story is more bonkers than the next.

December 18, 2014

The Year of the Essay 0

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“Reading fiction is one of my true loves, but essays help me to understand things about the world, the writer, and if they’re really great, myself.” Electric Literature‘s Jason Diamond argues 2014 was “The Year of the Essay,” and when we think over the collections published this year – The Empathy Exams, The Unspeakable and Loitering, among […]

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Scott Cheshire 1

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The only thing that could have made Marilynn Robinson’s Lila better were if she rocked me in her arms as she read it to me as if I were her child.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Molly Antopol 0

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I can think of few writers who pack as much humor, psychological precision, and insanely exciting language into a single paragraph, let alone an entire story, as Elizabeth McCracken does again and again.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tom Nissley 3

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I did something in 2014 that would throw a wrench into anyone’s reading: I bought a bookstore.

December 17, 2014

Mark It Up 0

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Recommended Reading: Laura Miller’s argument for writing in books. You could also read Sam Anderson’s marginalia in Dan Brown’s Inferno, as well as his Year in Marginalia from 2010.