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January 2, 2011

The Millions Top Ten: December 2010 1

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Year in Reading recommendations storm the Top Ten.

January 2, 2011

Why Criticism Matters 0

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“We live in the age of opinion  — offered instantly, effusively and in increasingly strident tones. Much of it goes by the name of criticism, and in the most superficial sense this is accurate.” The New York Times approached six accomplished critics, Stephen Burns, Katie Roiphe, Pankaj Mishra, Adam Kirsch, Sam Anderson, and Elif Batuman to […]

December 31, 2010

2010 in Film: Girls With Grit 5

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The year in film offered a critical mass of girls on fire: self-possessed, irrepressible young female characters played by self-possessed, irrepressible young female actors—girls, as Huck Finn would say, “just full of sand.”

December 30, 2010

Share Your Ebooks 2

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Amazon now lets you “lend” your ebooks to other readers for a period of 14 days. And, in an interesting touch that adds a physical limitation to a digital product, you can’t read a book you’ve lent to someone while they’re borrowing it.

December 30, 2010

Modern Library Revue: #96 Sophie’s Choice 18

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There are two main narratives at work in this sad and sensational story: Sophie’s Auschwitz horrors, and Stingo’s penile travails.

December 29, 2010

The Literary Long Sentence 0

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“In this age of 140-character Twitter posts — not to mention a persistent undercurrent of minimalism in our literature — there’s something profoundly rejuvenating about the very long sentence.” From Hrabal to Joyce to Hugo, Ed Park explores the history of the literary long sentence.

December 29, 2010

Take This Waltz: Leonard Cohen’s Tour Comes to an End 12

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I have a hard time describing the concerts themselves. I can describe the external details, but the problem is that words fall flat when describing a religious experience.

December 28, 2010

On Not Getting Lost in Translation 0

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“I sense how hard we’ve all worked… It’s not easy. Even a not-so-good translation is not easy to produce.” How Edith Grossman and Lydia Davis manage not to get lost in translation.

December 28, 2010

R.I.P. Denis Dutton, Founder of A&L Daily 0

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Denis Dutton, founding editor of the esteemed web digest Arts & Letters Daily, passed away today at age 66 after a battle with prostate cancer. We echo the sentiments of Three Quarks Daily that Dutton’s site “set the gold standard that we have aspired to match in our own curating of slightly different intellectual content […]

December 28, 2010

Grit & Grace 0

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At The New York Times, Stanley Fish on True Grit as “a truly religious movie” in its understanding of the Christian idea of grace.