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September 9, 2016

All In The Family 0

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“It will be as long as a book, about 65,000 words. I’m writing my story, weaving together what life is like for LGBT people in Oklahoma and my story of growing up there as well.” Starting this week, Oral Roberts’ grandson, Randy Roberts Potts, is publishing his memoir on Instagram. The Bible Went Down with Birdie […]

September 8, 2016

Keep Trying. Be Content: On Belle Boggs’s ‘The Art of Waiting’ 0

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Boggs sees motherhood everywhere, like I do: it’s inescapable, especially because we do not have it.

September 8, 2016

That Old Imperial Impulse 0

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“The notion that American literature might have an imperial bent—that it might be anything other than a string of lightly co-influential works of ‘imaginative power,’ and might itself reflect our national desire to dominate—is lost on its critics, both right and left.” Jonathan Sturgeon in The Baffler on American exceptionalism and “the imperial self” in fiction, […]

September 8, 2016

The Ultimate Goodbye Gift 0

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“When we read with a child, we are doing so much more than teaching him to read or instilling in her a love of language.” Anna Dewdney, best-selling children’s author and illustrator, died this past weekend after a battle with brain cancer. Her obituary concluded with this: “She requested that in lieu of a funeral […]

September 8, 2016

Read Like A Victorian 0

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The website Victorian Serial Novels lets you experience 19th-century novels “serially and in their cultural contexts.” Select your author, the timespan within which you want installments to come, and enjoy. How to choose what to read first? Not to worry, these six Dickensian experts have you covered.

September 8, 2016

And She’s A Mary Ann 0

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“You heard me: I said, Ann M. Martin is queeeeer.” A longtime Baby-Sitter’s Club fan gets her mind blown. Pair with this celebration of Martin’s oeuvre.

September 8, 2016

Made of Sterner Stuff: On Roald Dahl and ‘Love From Boy’ 0

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One gets the sense that it was inevitable that Roald Dahl would become a great writer.

September 7, 2016

The Millions Top Ten: August 2016 0

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A solitary newcomer joins our list.

September 7, 2016

Weaving Images into Verse: Prose for Poets 0

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Poets should write prose. I say this well aware that suggesting how another should write is akin to telling someone how they should raise their children.

September 7, 2016

Reading Lolita on Tumblr 0

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“[I]t becomes an act of subversion, an act of catharsis.” Plougshares has a piece about the Lolita aesthetic on Tumblr. See also: our conversation with John Gall who, as art director for Vintage and Anchor books, was responsible for at least two Lolita covers, not to mention the redesign of the entire Nabokov catalog.