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November 30, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Julia Child fans may enjoy a new collection of her correspondence with her friend and “unofficial literary agent” Avis DeVoto. The letters follow Child through her life overseas. Also out now is a snazzy new Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray with a cover illustrated by Ruben Toledo.

November 30, 2010

Sula 2

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I’ve lent and given away hundreds of books to hundreds of people, but I’ve never lent Sula to anyone except my oldest daughter.

November 30, 2010

Things Done Changed: Hip Hop and Literature 18

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The juxtaposition of traditional poetry and hip hop is spiky and uncomfortable, to say the least.

November 29, 2010

Laura Hillenbrand 0

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Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken, discusses her life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. “I’m looking for a way out of here. I can’t have it physically, so I’m going to have it intellectually. It was a beautiful thing to ride Seabiscuit in my imagination.”

November 29, 2010

75 Notes for an Unwritten Essay on Literary Prizes 0

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Over on The Busy Signal, Matthew Hunte presents 75 Notes For An Unwritten Essay on Literary Prizes. (22.  “Want it? Want it? Of course I wanted it. I wanted it so fucking bad I could taste it!”)

November 29, 2010

Countdown to Our Year in Reading Series 0

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We are only a few days away from our annual 2010 Year in Reading series! Over the past couple of months, we’ve asked dozens of readers, writers, and thinkers to tell us about the best book they read all year. On December 1st, we’ll begin posting pieces from some of the biggest names in literature and […]

November 29, 2010

Only Evoke: Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall 4

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A novel of 238 pages cannot carry that many literary precursors without sacrificing some momentum. It’s like pinning a plethora of antique brooches onto a starlet’s chiffon slip dress — the delicate fabric will droop, distort, and even rip under the weight of the anachronistic jewels.

November 29, 2010

The World is, In Short, Teenaged: Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies 8

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Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies is a soaring ode to teenage dreams, every paradise and nightmare, and far and away the best book I’ve read in years.

November 29, 2010

The New Yorker on the TSA 0

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The New Yorker posts its airport security cartoons, from 1938 to the present.

November 28, 2010

Staff Pick: Millen Brand’s The Outward Room 2

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A quiet little miracle of a book.