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October 28, 2011

Taylor Branch and the NCAA 0

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The New York Times gives Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch a well-deserved profile. I’ve mentioned before that his take down of the NCAA’s corruption is astounding, but now’s a good time to mention that his e-book, The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA, is even better. Branch also appeared on Wednesday […]

October 28, 2011

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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Fence has a new web site. And a new fall issue! My story “The Art of Forgetting” appears online, alongside new work by Ariana Reines, Mary Jo Bang, and Thomas Israel Hopkins.

October 28, 2011

Debt and David Graeber 0

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Anthropologist and Melville House author David Graeber‘s Debt: The First 5,000 Years should be required reading for anyone hoping to understand economic trends. The author’s book is so great and topical that it’s earned a profile in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

October 28, 2011

Third Annual Asian American Literary Festival 0

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is holding the third annual Page Turner: Asian American Literary Festival tomorrow, October 29th in Brooklyn. There you’ll find: Junot Díaz, Amitava Kumar, Min Jin Lee, Jayne Anne Phillips, Granta editor John Freeman, two stand-up comedians, five NBA finalists, seven Guggenheim Fellows, and a Korean taco truck.

October 28, 2011

“Death to the Minibar!” 0

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Anyone who travels a lot will enjoy Dubravka Ugresic‘s essay on hotel minibars. As a matter of fact, just about anyone will enjoy this essay regardless of how often they travel.

October 28, 2011

Granta’s Horror Issue 0

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Granta‘s “Horror” issue was published just in time for Halloween, and I can’t think of a better way to whet your appetite than to read Daniel Alarcón‘s “The Ground Floor.”

October 28, 2011

Seven Reasons Why Alexandre Dumas Will Never Die 5

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If every smart person’s goal in life is to die broke, then Dumas was an unqualified success. But while a lesser man would have bemoaned the cruelties of fate that left him penniless on his deathbed, Dumas had this to say about death as it approached him in 1870: “I shall tell her a story, and she will be kind to me.”

October 28, 2011

Post-40 Bloomers: The Stories of William Gay 2

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While Gay himself might prize being considered among the Southern greats, his stories of desolation and beauty — brimming, yes, with the familiar Gothic elements of violence and darkness of hearts — feed and trouble our souls, whether or not we come to the text already knowing the “timeless tolling of whippoorwills, both bitter and reassuring,” or have passed ugly nights in a honkytonk, or keep a rifle or a pistol under the bed.

October 27, 2011

Swedish Covers 0

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50 watts, a blog dedicated to book-related design and illustration, takes a look at Swedish book covers.

October 27, 2011

From Honey to War 0

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In Libya to write for Lonely Planet, Kate Grace Thomas ended up in the midst of a revolution, reporting on war rather than honey. She offers an account of that experience here. (via.)