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April 26, 2014

Carrying on García Márquez’s Torch 0

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After the passing of Gabriel García Márquez, the team of Reed Johnson, Juan Forero, and Sara Munoz had cause to opine within the pages of the Wall Street Journal, who are the other “post-boom Spanish-language fiction writers whose works continue to redraw the map of Latin literature?” They list six suggestions, but I think one […]

April 26, 2014

“As a goal in life, you could do worse than ‘try to be kinder.'” 0

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The Above Average team animated an adaptation of George Saunders’s Syracuse University commencement speech, “The Importance of Kindness.” (You can read the original over here.) The speech has since been expanded, and it was published this past week.

April 26, 2014

“but for now it’s dust in our teeth” 0

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Recommended Reading: “Appalachian Farewell” by Mark Wagenaar.

April 25, 2014

The Real 24-Hour Bookstore 1

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At one point, the only 24-hour bookstore was in Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, but Beijing has the first real 24-hour bookstore. The Sanlian Bookstore will be open around the clock for book lovers and insomniacs alike.

April 25, 2014

The Casual Vacancy Adaptation 0

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Although we won’t see Hogwarts on screen again, another J.K. Rowling fictional world will be on your TV soon. HBO and BBC are adapting her novel The Casual Vacancy into a three-hour miniseries.

April 25, 2014

Kafka on the Go: Rereading The Metamorphosis 0

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I had been casting about for the perfect title when I saw Susan Bernofsky’s new translation of The Metamorphosis at an airport bookstore, the beautiful cover submitting the title letters to the same transformative process as the book’s protagonist undergoes. This, I decided, would be my companion text as I semi-reclined on a plane, lay in bed, sat in a café, strolled upright in a park, and bellied up to a bar.

April 25, 2014

Smartphone Stories 1

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Despite what we might think, smartphones aren’t destroying good reading habits. Rather, smartphones are enabling access to books in developing countries, according to a new study. They allow readers to find books in remote parts of the world without libraries and at a cheaper price.

April 25, 2014

The Lost Female Beat Poet 0

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The Beat Generation was such a largely male-dominated literary movement that its few female writers have mostly been forgotten. At The Toast, Megan Keeling remembers Beat poet Elise Cowen, who is mostly known as Allen Ginsberg’s paramour but also wrote poetry of her own. “Her surviving poetry shows a unique perspective on the rigid cultural […]

April 25, 2014

Baldwin in the Classroom 0

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James Baldwin couldn’t be more relevant, but he is fading from America’s high school classrooms. His controversial writing, censorship, poor student reading habits, and absence from the Common Core are all to blame for the lack of Baldwin in the curriculum. Pair with: Our essay on why Baldwin’s work still resonates.

April 25, 2014

Darren’s Ark: On Noah 0

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On the second day, I attended a Seder, with 14 pounds of beef brisket. On the fifth day, I saw Noah, with Russell Crowe looking like 14 pounds of brisket in a distressed denim bag.