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January 18, 2017

The Way Individuals Survive: On Jen George’s ‘The Babysitter at Rest’ 0

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George’s frank dystopias do not rely on beauty or brutality or humanistic appeals to sell themselves. Just a vision and a ghoulish sense of humor.

January 18, 2017

“Can’t you stay? Can’t I go with you?” 0

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Recommended Reading: “The Shallows” by Christopher R. Alonso.

January 18, 2017

What We Talk About When We Talk About Boycotts 14

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People are mad as hell about the rise of the so-called “alt-right.” But how do we try to harness this anger productively? Successfully boycotting S&S is not going achieve what many of us really want — which is to boycott 2016.

January 17, 2017

NBCC 2016 Finalists, Leonard Prize, and Balakian Award Winners 0

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The finalists for the NBCC Book Award have been announced.

January 17, 2017

A Tree That Is All Branches: On Rachel Cusk’s ‘Transit’ 1

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The peripheral narrative construction of Transit — the feints and evasions and elisions — is finally peripheral to the central pleasure: spending time with the book’s animating intelligence.

January 17, 2017

The Boss’s Papers 0

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Bruce Springsteen’s archive is headed to Monmouth University, which is located in his hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey.

January 17, 2017

Ghosts of the Tsunami 0

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People Who Eat Darkness author Richard Lloyd Parry’s forthcoming book on the Tōhoku earthquake and its aftermath, Ghosts of the Tsunami, will be released some time in late summer/early fall, and BBC Radio put together a 30-minute teaser to tide you over until then. You can also check out Parry’s moving yet unsettling piece for the […]

January 17, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Kang; Moshfegh; Ronsino; Xilonen; Cusk 0

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New this week: Human Acts by Han Kang; Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh; Glaxo by Hernán Ronsino; The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen; and Transit by Rachel Cusk. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

January 17, 2017

Gilmore Girls: The End of Good Faith 2

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The Gilmore Girls revival is very much a show for our time. We’ve all sensed it, of course, these past few years: the feeling of disaster in the air, of violence and anger and a rampant, all-devouring bad faith.

January 15, 2017

Smile! 0

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“Publishing is also an industry that selectively values a kind of swaggering authenticity that would never capitulate to demands for something so banal as being nice. But authenticity is too often a short hand for callous, aloof, or honest for the purpose of cruelty rather than truth-seeking.” Alana Massey writes about the “niceness” of publishing.