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October 21, 2010

Dear Sandy, Hello 0

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A look at Ted Berrigan‘s letters to his institutionalized wife, collected in Dear Sandy, Hello, at The Poetry Foundation.

October 21, 2010

No Satisfaction: Keith Richards and the Rock Memoir 9

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Rock-and-roll memoirs are among the most persistently disappointing literary subgenre. Genius that relies on fleeting inspiration, gut feeling, and unthinking improvisation is ill suited to the slow, reflective process of writing. It takes an outsider to get inside.

October 21, 2010

Shaving Cream and Heart Attacks and Learning When To Fear 3

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These are the things my son James has been afraid of in the 16-months that he’s been alive: The grinding blender, the roaring vacuum, disembodied voices on the speaker phone, the time I pantomimed a broken leg, being put to bed alone in his crib.

October 20, 2010

Murakami on 1Q84 0

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A blogger translates a long Murakami interview about 1Q84 (scroll down for parts I, II, and III). (via)

October 20, 2010

There’s Blog in my Magazine. No, There’s Magazine in my Blog. 0

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Which are you currently reading: a magazine that looks like a blog, or a blog that looks like a magazine? It’s getting harder and harder to tell, says Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

October 20, 2010

A Modest Debut 0

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Adam Levin, author of the years-in-the-making The Instructions, steps into the spotlight.

October 20, 2010

Madame Bovary, Say Wha? 0

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Ruth Franklin rises to the defense of much-maligned (and newly retranslated) Emma Bovary.

October 20, 2010

On Reading Snow in Turkish 4

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I ride to school and whisper words like “threshold,” “doomsday,” and “willow tree.”

October 20, 2010

Winners, Declared: A Take on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 by One Under 40 3

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In which the author, now that the entire series has been published, addresses The New Yorker’s “20 under 40,” by refining it down to an even thinner and more rarified number.  Is this possible, the reader may ask—or prudent?

October 19, 2010

The Dangers of Overwriting 1

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“I am not at all sure—convinced, certain, persuaded—that creative-writing courses are a good idea unless they prevent people from writing sentences like this one, where adjectives—useful, helpful, intensely descriptive words—are stacked upon one another as Pelion used to be piled upon Ossa.” Alexander McCall Smith on the dangers of overwriting.