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July 26, 2017

The Booker’s Dozen: The 2017 Booker Longlist 0

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Notable names like Colson Whitehead, George Saunders, Paul Auster, Zadie Smith and Mohsin Hamid> make for formidable competition.

July 26, 2017

The Ball Is a Woman 0

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“Now I get paid to do something I have loved since I was 4 years old. Other than my family, is there anything else I have loved so unconditionally, for so long?” Georgia Cloepfil in N+1 on the uncompromising, compromised life of the professional female athlete. See also: some thoughts about hosting the World Cup.

July 26, 2017

HomeWORK More Like HomeFUN 0

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“Heidi Maier, the new superintendent of the 42,000-student Marion County public school district in Florida, said in an interview that she made the decision based on solid research about what works best in improving academic achievement in students.” In place of traditional homework, 20,000 elementary school students will spend 20 minutes reading a book of […]

July 26, 2017

Where Randomness and Madness Reign 0

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I couldn’t help but feel that the narrator was wearing brass knuckles spelling out “postmodern” and trying, repeatedly, to punch me in the face.

July 25, 2017

The Other Bill of Rights 0

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“I can read whatever I want. No one can stop me. I can help other people read what they want. And no one can stop them.” Zoe Fisher for The Rumpus about being “a horny queer teenager” who found her home in libraries. Pair with a controversial piece from our own pages this week by Douglas Koziol, a […]

July 25, 2017

The Church of Reformed Libertines 0

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What would a “Goodbye to All That” look like in reverse? Probably a long toke in Dolores or Griffith Park, and then a “meh” when someone asked what you thought of all that hustle and bustle, the concrete and steel.

July 25, 2017

Insult to Insult 0

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“Who was Bret Easton Ellis describing when he tweeted: ‘The best example of a contemporary male writer lusting for a kind of awful greatness that he simply wasn’t able to achieve’?” The Guardian has a delicious quiz of literary putdowns. And speaking of fighting, let’s talk about books about violence.

July 25, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Alexievich; Hall; Phillips; Melamed; Scott 0

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Out this week: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich; Madame Zero by Sarah Hall; Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed; and Careers for Women by Joanna Scott. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

July 25, 2017

Apocalypse Then: Meet the Original Rapture Novels 5

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Whether I believed the Antichrist would actually posses a ruby laser ring that harnessed the power of the sun into “a devastating laser beam of destruction” that could wipe out buildings in a poof, I definitely believed the Antichrist would show up and have lots of tricks up his sleeve. And I didn’t want to stick around for it. I wanted to be raptured.

July 24, 2017

Remembering Denis Johnson 0

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“He believed it a privilege and a shame that his race and nationality gave him the chance to come and go from lands where a guillotine blade seemed to dangle forever over the local citizens.” Denis Johnson‘s longtime Esquire editor Will Blythe pens a remembrance of the writer for The New York Times. See also: our own Sonya Chung‘s recommendation […]