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December 11, 2015

A Year in Reading: Julia Alvarez 3

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Would that we could do in the world what a book like this does in the imagination: create such baffling complex beauty that we are believers again in our power to infuse the world with more sweetness, more light.

December 11, 2015

On Lispector’s Humanity 0

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“If rats then represent terror and chickens innocent striving for something approaching authenticity, humans, for Lispector, are strangely in the middle, often stricken with fear, or handing out terror, but ready also to soar or break loose or achieve some freedom or be fully alert to their fate in a time short enough for one […]

December 11, 2015

A Year in Reading: Justin Taylor 10

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This isn’t one of those essays where the white dude beats his chest and offers a putative mea culpa that sounds like a fraternity chant and actually doesn’t say anything except Pay more attention to me. I hate those fucking essays.

December 10, 2015

A Year in Reading: Rumaan Alam 1

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You can never actually be well read; there’s too much out there.

December 10, 2015

A Year in Reading: Rahawa Haile 1

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I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and grew and learned and seethed and saw myself reflected and was all the better for it.

December 10, 2015

Jane Austen’s Wrath 0

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Jane Austen is probably mad at us. Amy Watkin tells us why at McSweeney’s.

December 10, 2015

Divisive Stores 0

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“This year wasn’t short on the best kind of book: the type that polarizes opinion.” The New Republic reviews the most divisive books of the year. Included is our own Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire. Check out opening lines from the story and an interview with the author.

December 10, 2015

A Year in Reading: Olivia Laing 0

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I’m writing this in a backyard in New Hampshire accompanied by two dogs and a merlin. Took a break a minute ago to attend to a hive being readied for the winter. I’m all for reading, but sometimes you just need to sit in the sun with a beer and feel the earth swing on its axis.

December 10, 2015

PEN Literary Award Longlists Released 0

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The final PEN Literary Award Longlists are posted today! Check out all of the lists here. Longlisters include Angela Flournoy (whom we interviewed, and who has written a Year in Reading for us), Marilynne Robinson (who is known for her singular vision), Renata Adler (about whom we have made six possibly true observations), and David L. Ulin (whose Year in Reading is […]

December 10, 2015

A Year in Reading: Alexander Chee 0

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James Baldwin’s first novel is still as relevant as ever and as immaculately made — line for line, the prose is a wonder.