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May 4, 2015

Dreamland 0

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Anyone who’s ever forgotten a million-dollar idea will attest to the maddening tendency of the subconscious to forget things. For many people, this extends to dreams, where the best ideas can pop up and die before the morning. But why is it so difficult to remember them? At Salon, the neuroscience behind our chronic inability […]

May 4, 2015

High Style and Desperate Love: On the Life and Work of Eileen Chang 5

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Chinese readers can’t forget her; most Western readers have never met her. This year, on the 20th anniversary of her death, the NYRB edition of Chang’s Naked Earth provides an opportunity for new readers to fall in love.

May 3, 2015

Serial 0

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“What the novel needs again is tension. And the best source for that tension is serialization.” An argument for bringing back the serialized novel in the spirit of Dickens, Thackeray and Arthur Conan Doyle from The Washington Post.

May 3, 2015

The Illustrated Giant 0

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Recommended reading: Horn! reviews The Buried Giant for The Rumpus. Pair with our own Lydia Kiesling‘s take on the novel here.

May 3, 2015

“The Book the Internet Was Invented For” 0

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On the infinite recreation and reimagining of Finnegans Wake, a book that was “crying out for the invention of the web, which would enable the holding of multiple domains of knowledge in the mind at one time that a proper reading requires,” from The Guardian.

May 2, 2015

Cat’s TV 0

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This week in book-to-film adaptation news: Kurt Vonnegut‘s Cat’s Cradle is slated to become a TV show, “which will hopefully be long enough to fill an entire week’s worth of classes” for any desperate English teachers out there.

May 1, 2015

Romance Incarnate 0

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The best way to celebrate May Day? Read Tennyson‘s “The May Queen,” become “Romance Incarnate.”

May 1, 2015

The Trollope Trend 0

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Why is Trollope trending? Adam Gopnik argues it’s because “Trollope is right here where we are. His subject is always politics and his material is always gossip.” Pair his piece in the New Yorker with Sarah Henary‘s look at “Trollope at 200.”

May 1, 2015

Writing Literary Twitter 0

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“Reading Literary Twitter is to witness brief, terse glimpses into the writerly psyche, and how insecure and unsure and thin-skinned we tend to be. As writers, we want to be validated. We want to matter. The published stories and poems and essays, the books we sell, the magazines we edit: all this output, this paper […]

May 1, 2015

What the New Whitney Museum Says About the New New York City 5

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The new Whitney is the latest monument to contemporary New York’s get-rich-or-get-out ethos.