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January 27, 2015

Waste of the Young 0

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Fifty years after T.S. Eliot’s death, the poet’s estate has finally agreed to authorize a biography, which explains the publication of Young Eliot, a new book on his early years. Among other things, the book reveals details about Eliot’s first marriage, in which his wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood gave him the nickname “dearest Wonkypenky.”

January 27, 2015

Born Out of Rapt Distraction: On Silvina Ocampo’s ‘Thus Were Their Faces’ 1

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On a moment-to-moment basis the terms of the continued existence of any individual are far more fragile than we dare to feel.

January 27, 2015

Tuesday New Release Day: Freud; Seskis; Baxter; Vaillant; Puertolas; Oates 0

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Out this week: Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud; One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis; Munich Airport by Greg Baxter; The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant; The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas; and The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates. For more on these […]

January 26, 2015

Not Enough 0

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“Oh, speaking of dust, I am pretty sure I have a dust allergy. A debilitating, truly severe dust allergy. But I can’t dust this place, because I have to leave everything as it was that fateful day, untouched, preserved, still, because I am crazy and should be on disability. Also, between us, you see this […]

January 26, 2015

Great Feats 0

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You may have not known there’s a national arm wrestling championship. Joshua Davis found out when he saw an eye-catching flyer. When he found himself drafted onto Team USA, he turned the experience into his first big magazine piece. At The Rumpus, an interview with the author of Spare Parts.

January 26, 2015

It Spaketh 0

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You might think the signs would be obvious. The buildings are organic, the sky is filled with dragons, and everyone you talk to speaks languages you’ve never heard of. But you may still need some help figuring out your environs. Herewith, a few ways to tell if you’re in a high-fantasy novel.

January 26, 2015

The Page 40 Test 18

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But by paying close attention to how a writer constructs sentences, we can begin to see how the larger structure of the novel is built.

January 26, 2015

The Zone 0

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In the past few years, we’ve seen a swell of books that focus on female friendship. The newfound popularity of writers like Elena Ferrante has given us a new wealth of books that explore this kind of relationship. At Salon, Dear Thief author Samantha Harvey examines why this is, as part of a larger discussion […]

January 26, 2015

I Would Do This for You: The Narrative Possibilities of Leaked Emails 3

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Wikileaks and the news media were interested in these emails for their geopolitical implications, but they also represent a veritable cornucopia of narrative pleasures, all the more delectable because they are strange and secret and real.

January 25, 2015

Simic on Strand 0

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“By now, you are probably asking yourself, Did these two ever talk about anything serious? Of course, we did. We talked about how writing a poem is no different from taking out a frying pan and concocting a dish out of the ingredients available in the house, how in poetry, as in cooking, it’s all […]