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April 6, 2014

“Sleep is strange” 0

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Recommended Reading: In an essay for Poetry, Siobhan Phillips explores an “old connection” – the tie between sleep and poetry – using Lyn Hejinian’s Book of a Thousand Eyes as a compass.

April 5, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, 1927-2014 0

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Peter Matthiessen died today, according to a statement released by his publisher: “Peter Matthiessen, award-winning author of more than thirty books, world-renowned naturalist, explorer, Buddhist teacher, and political activist, died at 5:15 PM on Saturday April 5, 2014 after an illness of some months.” Matthiessen was the author most notably of two National Book Award-winning […]

April 5, 2014

Special Feature: Kathryn Stripling Byer 0

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The new issue of Story South dedicated its “Special Feature: Southern Poets” section to the work of Kathryn Stripling Byer. To wit, you can check out two of her poems – “Waiting for Bob” and “Making Myself at Home” – as well as an interview between her and Terry Kennedy, and a review of her […]

April 5, 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith in conversation 0

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Carve out some time to watch all forty-five minutes of Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent “Between the Lines” conversation if you want to find out why Americanah qualifies as Adichie’s “fuck you” book. (You can also just skip to the 16:16 mark if you’re unable to carve out enough time.)

April 5, 2014

“It is difficult / to get the news from poems.” 0

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As part of their 80th anniversary celebration, the Academy of American Poets recently revamped their website. The updated website now boasts such features as “geographically relevant information (such as local poetry events),” “interviews with renowned poets,” and “free lesson plans tailored for K-12 teachers.” Go take a look for yourself. I recommend starting with Sally […]

April 5, 2014

We at the Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn 0

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The Oxford American has made True Grit author Charles Portis’s “Motel Life, Lower Reaches” available online for the first time. The piece first appeared in an OA issue from 2003, and it’s also available in Escape Velocity, but you should still read it because it’s Charles Portis, damn it, and you’ve only one life to […]

April 5, 2014

Kazuo Ishiguro To Publish First Novel in Ten Years 0

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Next March, Kazuo Ishiguro will publish his first novel since Never Let Me Go. The new book, entitled The Buried Giant, is said to be about “lost memories, love, revenge and war.”

April 4, 2014

Trading Camp Fires for Factions 0

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First there was The Hunger Games summer camp, and now there will be a Divergent theme camp in Naperville, Illinois. Camp Divergent will feature activities based on the five factions, such as brain teasers on Erudite day and planting vegetables on Amity day. Don’t worry; no one will be ziplining off of a skyscraper for […]

April 4, 2014

Eleanor & Park on Screen 0

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Our favorite teenage misfit couple is coming to the big screen. Dreamworks will adapt Eleanor & Park with Rainbow Rowell writing the script. Filming doesn’t begin until 2015, so you have plenty of time to read the book. Here’s our own Janet Potter’s review.

April 4, 2014

The Worst Dinner Party 0

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We all have a fantasy literary dinner party guest list, but Kathryn Ionata gives us six characters to never invite at The Toast. Unsurprisingly, Nine Stories‘s Seymour Glass is on her list. “When asked if he cares to sit at the table, he says he is seriously considering it.”