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January 25, 2016

Out of the Rain 0

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The word “nostalgia” comes from the Greek root nostos, meaning “return home,” and algos, or “pain.” It’s painful because we cannot return home again. Ramp up the nostalgia and check out this elegy to the old school book tour by Keith Lee Morris. If we’re talking book tours, here’s a piece on the distinct personality types sure to derail […]

January 25, 2016

Novel Reviews You 0

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Maybe your novel got bad reviews, but at least you weren’t attacked for it. This is the story of Oleg Kashin, a reporter-turned-novelist who was beaten to within an inch of his life for his critiques of the Russian government.

January 25, 2016

Flossing Your Teeth and Reading Dickens: Resolutions for the New Year 2

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In figuring out my own reading resolutions, I realized how much fun it is to hear about what others plan to read this year.

January 24, 2016

Babies Don’t Like Snakes 0

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The Greek gods and goddesses were nothing if not self-serving. From Mallory Ortberg over at The Toast, here is an introduction to Dirtbag Hera. Don’t you worry, Dirtbag Athena got her comeuppance, too.

January 24, 2016

I Feel a Pang 0

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“There was a plan a few years ago, during the crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving on our southern border, to send a copy of The Beast, Óscar Martínez’s extraordinary account of Central American migration to the U.S., to every member of Congress. How many of them read it? And how many of those who read it […]

January 24, 2016

Spin the Mindwheel 0

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Do you remember the time that Robert Pinsky, translator of classic literature and former Poet Laureate of the United States, wrote a text-based video game? Don’t worry, we didn’t either.

January 24, 2016

Tilting Druglords 0

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Look, it’s hard being the bloodthirsty kingpin of a multinational drug smuggling cartel. Apparently Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been feeling a bit sorry for himself post-capture, so what did Eduardo Guerrero, head of Mexico’s prison systems,  think would cheer him up? He brought him a copy of Don Quixote.

January 24, 2016

No Slight Thing 0

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Recommended Reading: This bizarre little story by Diane Williams as recommended by Deb Olin Unferth at Electric Literature. The story can be found in Williams’ recently published collection of stories Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine.

January 23, 2016

They’re Just Kids 0

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Are the kids really all right, though? Larry Clark’s notorious indie-skater odyssey Kids,  which Rolling Stone once called “the most controversial film of the nineties” turns twenty this year, and The Literary Hub takes a look back.

January 23, 2016

A Good Character Is Hard To Find 0

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I’ve told you about The Atlantic’s By Heart series plenty of times before. This week brings us novelist Paul Lisicky taking a close look at how Flannery O’Connor’s “flawed” characters are the ones we find ourselves drawn to most.