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September 4, 2015

To Locate One’s Place in the World 0

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Recommended Reading: Damion Searls uses John Ashbery’s “Staffage” and A. R. Ammons’s Garbage to locate one’s “place in the world” at The Paris Review.

September 4, 2015

My Summer with Henry: On Thoreau’s ‘Cape Cod’ 0

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Buying Thoreau’s Cape Cod on Cape Cod resonates with a predictable sentimentality that I’m all too aware of. It too closely resembles what I think of as Thoreauvian pilgrimage practices: the hajj to Walden Pond, the leaving of pencils on his grave in Sleepy Hollow.

September 4, 2015

Revealing the System 0

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“You know, it’s dangerous to focus on one person as a way of talking about a big system. But I think Kissinger reveals the system. He’s not singularly responsible for the system—if we expunge Kissinger from history, we still wouldn’t have a Virtuous Republic—but he illuminates it like nobody else.” Greg Grandin discusses his recent […]

September 3, 2015

United Slang of America 0

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(Interactive) Infographic of the Week: Slate’s United Slang of America. Click each state to find out more about the state-specific slang. You could also read our own Michael Bourne’s piece on, like, why the word like is really cool!

September 3, 2015

Purely Comedic 0

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Fresh Air’s Terry Gross sits down with Jonathan Franzen to talk about Purity, writing, and the possibility of parenthood. “I’ve always thought of myself as a comic novelist. It’s a tough road to hoe because comedy means light in people’s mind. There was an ambitious part of me that kind of chafed and was secretly […]

September 3, 2015

Why? 0

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Jesse Eisenberg’s nephew has a few questions for him in The New Yorker. Listen to Eisenberg read a piece of his new book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, and face existential doubt in Shouts and Murmurs.

September 3, 2015

Lost in a Book 0

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World-building is an essential part of any story, but what about map-making? At Book Riot, two cartographers explain how they create the maps we see inside books. One cartographer’s perspective: “I really wanted to make a map that could easily be an artifact from the world of the book…. I came up with the idea […]

September 3, 2015

Devastating Stories 0

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Recommended Reading: “The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams” in The New York Times Magazine. Her latest collection of short stories, The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories, which was included on our most anticipated list, will be released on September 8th. “When I asked Williams what she wants out of a great story, she replied, […]

September 3, 2015

How Iceberg Slim Schooled Dr. Dre: On Justin Gifford’s ‘Street Poison’ 0

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Iceberg Slim, brutal pimp turned popular author, received a fraction of the royalties due him — which meant, ironically, that he ended up getting pimped by his own publisher.

September 2, 2015

Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts 0

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Recommended Reading: Clare Cavanagh on the experience of translating the work of Polish poet and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska.