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September 20, 2011

Another “Mildred Pierce” 0

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Are you a Mildred Pierce fan? James M. Cain’s recently discovered manuscript will be released next year by Hard Case Crime.

September 20, 2011

Avoiding “Chick-Lit” 0

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Chick authors who avoid the “chick-lit” stigma.

September 20, 2011

Revisiting Vanessa Veselka 0

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Revisiting Vanessa Veselka’s Zazen and what constitutes as an acceptable author bio.

September 20, 2011

Miranda July’s Advice 0

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Miranda July’s advice to high school girls (and feminists everywhere).

September 20, 2011

2011′s Literary Geniuses 2

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The MacArthur grant awards $500,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

September 20, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Thompson, Stephenson, Adiga, McGinniss, Silverstein 2

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New this week: Craig Thompson’s long-awated follow up to Blankets is here. Stay tuned for our review of Habibi later this week. Also new: Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower, Joe McGinniss’s much leaked exposé The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, and a new, posthumous collection of Shel Silverstein’s poetry […]

September 20, 2011

The Talking Cure at Work in Contemporary YA Fiction 7

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As an English professor and unabashed therapy-junkie, I recently made it my business to read every YA novel I could find in which an adolescent protagonist visits a psychotherapist.

September 20, 2011

Staff Pick: Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau 2

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By the end of the first page, you have learned everything you are ever going to know about the events on which the book focuses. What Queneau does do, however, is re-narrate this same scenario a further 98 times, in a series of distinct styles.

September 19, 2011

College Football, Academics, and Great Journalism 0

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College football season is upon us, and I’d be remiss not to highlight the recent flood of fantastic writing on my favorite televised sport. Most striking is Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch‘s Atlantic article “The Shame of College Sports.” It’s accompanied by several other takes on the issue. In regards to academia, this New York Times […]

September 19, 2011

WWII-era NYC… In Living Color 1

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These color photographs of WWII-era New York City may rival those color photographs of pre-revolutionary Russia.