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November 15, 2011

On Spinach and the National Book Awards 12

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I want to live in a world – and I believe we’re closer than we think – where “the reading public” consumes, likes, and engages with many different kinds of literary nourishment; and where writers, teachers, and critics trust and even expect readers to do so.

November 15, 2011

The Magician’s Forgotten Brother 1

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“I wanted to honor the memory of this gay man who was silenced in so many different ways — by his chronic stutter, by his outré sexuality, by the labor camp, and finally by his brother, Vladimir Nabokov, who failed to mention Sergey’s existence until the third version of Speak, Memory.”

November 14, 2011

New Classics 0

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The Slate staff compiled a list of “new classics” — “the most enduring” books, shows, movies, and ideas since 2000.

November 14, 2011

“I think the role of the critic will remain strong even if the media landscape is constantly changing.” 0

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Alex Ross, New Yorker music columnist and author of Listen To This, is interviewed for The Browser.

November 14, 2011

Something Out of Something 0

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BOMB Magazine is collaborating with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to commence their “Something Out of Something” design contest. Participating designers, writers, and artists are invited to “draw inspiration from the written work of Israeli short story writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret to create visual art of their own.” Winners will receive $500, a personalized copy […]

November 14, 2011

“Go home to your parents, you losers.” 0

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Frank Miller, penman of renowned comics like 300 and Sin City, is the latest author to take on Occupy Wall Street. His sentiments are much less kind than Lemony Snicket‘s.

November 14, 2011

BW on Borders 1

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Two months after the last Borders store closed its doors, Business Week takes an in depth look at the reasons for its demise.

November 14, 2011

Early Fire 0

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Amazon says it’s shipping the Kindle Fire a day early, i.e. today.

November 14, 2011

2011 Best of Plagiarism 1

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Q. R. Markham‘s heavily plagiarized book Assassin of Secrets somehow made it onto Kirkus Reviews‘ “2011 Best of Fiction” list. (Saved here in case they take it down.) Interestingly, the link doesn’t appear to lead anywhere. (via)

November 14, 2011

Reading 1Q84: The Case for Fiction in a Busy Life 27

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I stopped questioning the purpose of fiction and instead began to see reading 1Q84 as one of the few necessary things I did all day. The reasons for the change of heart had to do with wonder, with love, and with the way literature provides for the best parts of who we are.