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March 2, 2015

Dear Frank 0

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Saul Bellow met Frank Ludwig at Bard College in the fifties. The two became friends, and founded a magazine together, called The Noble Savage. Then, not long after the magazine began running, Ludwig started an affair with Bellow’s wife. Here’s the letter Bellow sent him when he found out. You could also read our own […]

March 2, 2015

“Its seeming ability to live without food and family” 0

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Recommended Reading: “Out on the Coast” by David Rice.

March 2, 2015

The Hunted 0

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Veterans of writing workshops will know that a good story has a heavy dose of conflict. One can add it to a story in many ways, but one of the best and most reliable is to add a predator, either in the form of a threatening organisation or an animal or person with malicious intent. […]

March 2, 2015

A Thousand Hands Will Grasp You with Warm Desire: On the Persistence of Physical Books 2

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A book we crack with our two hands creates an actual physical space for reverie that functions as an oasis outside daily life, a cocoon in space and time.

March 2, 2015

Thirty Princes 0

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In every country except France, the copyright for The Little Prince expired at the end of last year, which explains why Turkish publishers chose the first two weeks of January to publish a huge number of new translations of the book. At the LRB blog, Millions contributor Kaya Genc writes about the flood of new […]

March 2, 2015

On Forgetting: Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ 4

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At some moments, I felt I had found an apocryphal eighth Chronicle of Narnia, written by a particularly cheerless, possibly aphasic disciple of C.S. Lewis.

March 1, 2015

Hugo’s Art 0

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From the Paris Review, a small selection of Victor Hugo‘s four thousand drawings.

March 1, 2015

From Fantasy to Allegory 0

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“Fantasy is a tool of the storyteller. It is a way of talking about things that are not, and cannot be, literally true. It is a way of making our metaphors concrete, and it shades into myth in one direction, allegory in another.” Neil Gaiman reviews Kazuo Ishiguro‘s The Buried Giant for the New York […]

March 1, 2015

Labyrinths 1

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Recommended recommendations: “Five books that are also labyrinths,” including Italo Calvino‘s The Castle of Crossed Destinies and Lily Hoang‘s Changing.

February 28, 2015

The Turnip Princess 0

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We’re all familiar with the Grimm-style fairy tales, with their evil stepmothers and imperiled princesses. But a new collection of 19th century Bavarian folk tales has been discovered, edited, and now released in English for the first time, and they’re darker, dirtier, and involve more gender-bending than the Grimm tales. Salon talks with the tales’ […]