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December 6, 2011

Alice Oswald Protests Prize 0

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Award-winning poet Alice Oswald has pulled out of prestigious poetry award the TS Eliot prize in protest over its sponsorship by an investment company. Oswald’s words: “I think poetry should be questioning not endorsing such institutions.”

December 6, 2011

Newt’s Civil War Book 0

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Newt Gingrich’s recent rise in Republican primary polls has occurred in tandem with the release of his historical novel set in the Civil War. The result? Gingrich writes a notorious massacre out of his book, The Battle of the Crater.

December 6, 2011

A Year in Reading: Deborah Eisenberg 1

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No description of the book’s content nor speculation on its purposes can begin to suggest the pleasure of reading it.

December 6, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Desai, James, Gordon-Levitt, Beach, Mueller 1

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New this week are Anita Desai’s The Artist of Disappearance and P.D. James’ Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberly. Joseph Gordon-Levitt hangs up his acting duds to put out The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, and, speaking of tiny stories, there’s Lou Beach’s 420 Characters: “these crystalline miniature stories began as […]

December 6, 2011

A Year In Reading: Chad Harbach 1

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It’s a tender comedy tinged with the absurdity of life, the thrill of sociability, and the imminence of death, which I guess is exactly the kind of book I like.

December 5, 2011

12 Holiday Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 41

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Writers get blank journals for the same reasons that teachers get mugs, assistants get flowers, and grandmothers get tea. If you want to give the writer in your life something he or she will truly adore, here are twelve ideas.

December 5, 2011

“How should intellectuals write about acts of immense depravity?” 0

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This is a fantastic piece on W. H. Auden, “The Murder of Lidice”, and the importance of the ideological and political contexts of war. Joanna Bourke writes, “the flood of poems [after the Lidice massacre] actually served to draw attention away from the people of Lidice and towards the swollen sensibilities of the poets and […]

December 5, 2011

A Year in Reading: Geoff Dyer 1

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At the risk of telling American readers something they already know all about, Fox Butterfield’s book is brilliant and devastating.

December 5, 2011

“I have a lot of feelings about the meeting.” 0

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I highly recommend reading Jennifer Gilmore’s emotional essay on meeting “the birth mother.”

December 5, 2011

Beautifying Books 2

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As e-books gain market share, publishers are gussying up book designs. Free Press vice president and publisher Martha K. Levin says, “the message [is] that even if you’re buying 90 percent of your books on your e-reader, this is the one that you want to have on your bookshelf.” The article highlights 1Q84 as an […]