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September 22, 2011

Rock ‘n Roll Malaise: Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia 5

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There’s something particularly sly about publishing a work of fiction built off someone else’s semi-ironic, private fiction — particularly when that person is the author’s family member.

September 21, 2011

Epic Pizza Delivery From Anonymous 0

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Cole Stryker‘s Epic Win for Anonymous hasn’t garnered him a lot of positive feedback from members of the infamous image board 4chan. It did, however, result in lots of pizzas being delivered to Housing Works’ Bookstore on the night of its launch party. The author later did an “Ask Me Anything” session with Reddit and explained […]

September 21, 2011

SPD Books Discount 0

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SPD Books’ staff picks are 40% off!

September 21, 2011

The Slow Cookers 0

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Dwight Garner, writing in the current issue of The New York Times Magazine, laments that so many high-end American novelists seem to be working on “the nine-year plan,” delivering a new novel roughly once a decade. He cites Jeffrey Eugenides, who will be out soon with The Marriage Plot, his third novel in 18 years, […]

September 21, 2011

OYC to Print 0

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Selections from Open Yale Courses are headed to print. As program director John Donatich explains, “At first glance, you might look at it skeptically and ask why would anybody pay for something that you can get for free. But on second glance you realize that it’s actually not the same thing at all.”

September 21, 2011

Silverstein in the News 0

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Shel Silverstein is the subject of two articles this week courtesy of The Atlantic and The New York Times.

September 21, 2011

Art Beyond America 0

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Ever wonder what vintage Indian pulp book covers would look like? How about Czech movie posters from the 1970’s? Maybe Belarusian movie posters circa 2007?

September 21, 2011

The Life and Afterlife of Literary Theory: A Syllabus 18

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In 1996, NYU physics professor Alan Sokal tricked the preeminent journal of postmodern thought into publishing his article, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.” The piece was pure gibberish.

September 21, 2011

A Documentary for Our Times: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 8

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As the divisions of class and race continue to harden and widen in this country, I say we could use more leaders like Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis, with their beautiful, hard-earned fury.

September 20, 2011

Urban Homesteaders 0

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Better late than never, here are eight great new books for Urban Homesteaders.