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July 16, 2016

New Wave of Confessions 0

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For The Guardian, Rafia Zakaria writes on the new wave of confessional “feminist” memoirs. As she puts it, “We’re on an uncomfortable tightrope between a bold new dialogue about women and sex, and the monetisation of that conversation by powers that recognise that as a gap in the market.” Pair with this Millions essay on […]

July 16, 2016

The Lives of Movie Characters 0

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“Writing about film applies pressure to how ekphrastic writing can be possible, let alone evocative–and further, highlights questions that pertain to all kinds of writing, from honing poetic imagery to composing entire fictive worlds: how can writing engage or transform the fidelity of its subject(s)? How do you write about something so simultaneously ephemeral and […]

July 16, 2016

The Experience of Being Human 0

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Recommended Reading: Over at BOMB Magazine, Jesse Ball and Catherine Lacey discuss strategies for a non-interview, why they write, and poetry’s “direct utility toward experience.”

July 15, 2016

The Road on Which You Are Traveling Is a Very Bad Road 0

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New York Times travel editor Monica Drake recounts visiting Antigua after reading Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place—a sharp critique of tourism and the colonialist narrative around the island. As she puts it, “For all the drama of its history, […] the beauty of the place, the very thing that bewitches its tourists, renders it a […]

July 15, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are 0

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“After breaking down the data by neighborhood and age group, it became clear: Children’s books are a rarity in high-poverty urban communities. The likelihood that a parent could find a book for purchase in these areas ‘is very slim.’” On book deserts across America.

July 15, 2016

Becoming a Tugboat: On Rikki Ducornet’s ‘Brightfellow’ 0

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In Brightfellow, Ducornet forces readers to experience the physicality of reading, to feel and taste the act of storytelling.

July 15, 2016

The Weight of Each Other’s History 0

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Recommended Reading: On Audre Lorde’s archive in Berlin.

July 15, 2016

Friends Forever 2

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Year in Reading alumnus Jonathan Safran Foer and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman have been exchanging emails for over a decade. Over at The New York Times Magazine, they share their recent correspondence on how things have changed since the beginning of their friendship.

July 15, 2016

Earnest Jest 0

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For Atlas Obscura, Tucker Leighty-Phillips writes on how a Portuguese-to-English phrasebook, introduced to English readers by Mark Twain, became a comedy sensation. Pair with this Millions piece on Twain’s travels.

July 15, 2016

Group Therapy: Was It Really a Game? 0

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Group Therapy represented a time when my family was still together, played games together. When we opened up. Got in touch. Let go. Were free. I find myself replacing things from my childhood, item by item, in the hope the child returns.