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August 26, 2016

Listen Carefully 0

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Recommended Listening: Poet Rachel Zucker speaks with Erika Meitner about straight-forward poetics and poetry as a tool for social justice.

August 26, 2016

A New Home 0

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“But artifacts cannot speak for themselves; the meaning of a museum is determined by acts of interpretation.” Year in Reading alumnus Vinson Cunningham writes on the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

August 26, 2016

Words of Wonder 1

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Over at Aeon, Jenny Davidson explores what makes a great sentence. As she puts it, “A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it. A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in your mind’s ear, and then again later on.” Pair with […]

August 26, 2016

So Many Rooms Within a Self 0

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Over at Lit Hub, Paul Holdengraber interviews Tracy K. Smith about parenting, loving books, and identity. Pair with Sophia Nguyen’s Millions review of Smith’s new memoir, Ordinary Light.

August 26, 2016

On Pain 0

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Recommended Reading: How to write about trauma.

August 26, 2016

What I Learned on My Debut Book Tour From the Books I Read Along the Way 0

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I learn this lesson well: you don’t write the book for yourself. Once it’s published, it’s not yours. It’s theirs.

August 25, 2016

On the Adjunct 0

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McSweeney’s has a few classic college movies updated for the adjunct era. Spoiler Alert: Good Will Hunting has a very different ending.

August 25, 2016

Help Save Langston Hughes’s Home 0

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You can help preserve Langston Hughes’s home in Harlem through this Indiegogo campaign. Pair with our own Tess Malone’s review of Tambourines to Glory.

August 25, 2016

The Ultimate Moral Rebel 0

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Sam Jordison asks us how Heller’s Catch-22 became a bestseller. “Yossarian’s kept a lasting grip on our collective psyche; he’s the ultimate moral rebel. To object to him would be to put yourself on the side of stuffed shirts, those who kill for profit and in the name of absurd patriotism.”

August 25, 2016

Fairytales Revived 0

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Fans of Hans Christian Andersen, a new edition of The Little Mermaid was published on Tuesday. Artist Yayoi Kusama has illustrated the classic fairytale.