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November 1, 2010

The Soul-Sucking Suckiness of B.R. Myers 74

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And so he whirled mirthlessly on, flourishing the word “prose” like a magic wand, working pale variations on his “Reader’s Manifesto.” Take that, Toni Morrison! In your face, Jonathan Franzen!

October 30, 2010

If You Don’t Read “Cul de Sac,” You Really Probably Should 1

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The comic is vibrant, warm, and beautifully drawn; unlike its staggering peers, it’s outrageously alive.

October 29, 2010

Brooklyn Boys I 0

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His new novel, Sunset Park, finds Paul Auster leaving behind the metafictional gamesmanship of his recent work for a look at our new Age of Austerity. This week, he talks to The L Magazine about the neighborhood from which it takes its title and inspiration…

October 29, 2010

Brooklyn Boys II 0

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…meanwhile, quondam neighbor Jonathan Lethem has packed up for California (to take over the Pomona College position last held by David Foster Wallace). Just in time for Halloween, he raps with New York Magazine about the move…and about his new, book-length treatment of John Carpenter‘s They Live.

October 29, 2010

Report from the Future of Reading: The Books in Browsers Conference 8

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It’s only through seizing the social reading moment, so to speak, that the publishers can hope to wrestle some measure of control back from the tech companies that have come to dominate their industry.

October 29, 2010

What We Teach When We Teach Writers: On the Quantifiable and the Uncertain 25

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“I think the single most defining characteristic of a writer” – I found myself saying to a friend the other day, when she asked my thoughts on the teaching of writing – “I mean the difference between a writer and someone who ‘wants to be a writer,’ is a high tolerance for uncertainty.”

October 28, 2010

Words Behind Bars: Avi Steinberg’s Running the Books 3

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There is a voyeuristic thrill to peering inside a prison, not merely at the incarcerated, an isolated community of sinister and curious social outcasts, but at the entire mini-civilization – the guards, staff, rules, rituals – which all seem so foreign and exotic compared to our own.

October 28, 2010

Melville House withdraws from Amazon’s Best Translated Book Awards 1

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Citing Amazon’s “predatory and thuggish practices,” Melville House has withdrawn from future participation in the Best Translated Book Awards.

October 28, 2010

Warning! Teenagers Inside: The Appeal of the Young Protagonist 7

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Doesn’t every reader, male or female, young or old, find that phase of life to be particularly dramatic, moving, screwed up, and beautiful?

October 27, 2010

Unpublished DFW 0

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This previously unpublished David Foster Wallace story, likely an excerpt from the Pale King manuscript, circulated as samizdat a couple of years back, but its reappearance – this time on some guy’s tumblr page – is a good excuse to link to it.