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January 26, 2011

‘Kindle Singles’ Have Arrived 1

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Amazon has unveiled its “Kindle Singles” store. Says Amazon: “Typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words, each Kindle Single is intended to allow a single killer idea — well researched, well argued and well illustrated — to be expressed at its natural length.” In practice, this appears to mean short stories as well as journalistic pieces […]

January 26, 2011

Nabokov on Butterflies 0

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Vladimir Nabokov, who lived a parallel existence as a self-taught expert on butterflies and a Harvard museum curator, has had his theory on butterfly evolution finally proved sixty-five years later. (Thanks, Kevin)

January 26, 2011

Adam Levin’s The Instructions and the Cult of the Child 8

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Why so much genius? Why now?

January 26, 2011

Jay-Z is Not a Proudhon of Hip-Hop 10

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All art comes from art.  To admit this is not to concede that there’s no such thing as originality any more than it’s a license to borrow without attribution and then call it your own. 

January 25, 2011

Parul Sehgal Wins NBCC Award for Excellence in Reviewing 2

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Parul Sehgal, nonfiction editor at Publisher’s Weekly (and sister of The Millions intern Ujala Sehgal), has been awarded the National Books Critics Circle “Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.” Previous winners include Joan Acocella, Ron Charles, and Sam Anderson. The award was based on her diverse portfolio of work as a reviewer, including a […]

January 25, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Vonnegut, Salinger, Crime-Fighting Victorian Women, and More 0

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Lots of new books out this week: Where Mortals Sleep, previously unpublished short fiction by Kurt Vonnegut, with a foreword by Dave Eggers; A Life, one of what will be several biographies of J.D. Salinger arriving over the next couple of years; Stanley Fish tells us How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read […]

January 25, 2011

Staff Pick: Hannah Pittard’s The Fates Will Find Their Way 5

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In her elegant debut novel The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard defies the odds; she takes a story we’ve all read before—a girl disappears, the lives of those left behind are changed forever in the aftermath—and manages to create something entirely original.

January 25, 2011

Dada Pedagogy: Andrei Codrescu’s The Poetry Lesson 2

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Regardless of how it’s labeled, The Poetry Lesson is a brilliant work.

January 24, 2011

The So-Called Elite 2

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n+1 provides a fascinating study of today’s divisive concept of cultural elitism: “Today, though, it’s the bearers of culture rather than the wielders of power who are taxed with elitism. If the term is applied to powerful people, this is strictly for cultural reasons, as the different reputations of the identically powerful Obama and Bush […]

January 24, 2011

Contemporary Fiction and the Internet 0

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“The internet has altered our lives in ways television never did or could, but mainstream literary novelists – by which I mean writers who specialize in realistic, character-based narratives – have mostly shied away from writing about this, perhaps hoping that, like TV, it could be safely ignored.” Laura Miller examines how contemporary novels are […]