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October 21, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Plumly; Nakamura; Carroll; Waite; Kooser; Carrère; Berryman 0

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Out this week: The Immortal Evening by Stanley Plumly; Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura; Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll; Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite; Splitting an Order by the former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser; Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère; and The Heart Is Strange by John Berryman, which I wrote about as […]

October 21, 2014

Sex, Memoir, and the Real Lena Dunham 32

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Lena Dunham and Helen Gurley Brown are two women who wrote memoir-manuals more than a half a century apart but have been treated very similarly in the press. They weren’t honest enough. They were too honest—narcissistic navel-gazers.

October 20, 2014

Dark Imaginings 0

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Heading to London in the near future? Stop by the British Library’s new Terror and Wonder, which bills itself as the UK’s biggest Gothic exhibition in history. To whet your appetite, you can read this Guardian piece by Neil Gaiman, in which the Sandman author names Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the apex of Gothic fiction. Related: our own Hannah […]

October 20, 2014

Offshoots 0

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Recommended Reading: Our own Elizabeth Minkel on Sherlock and fan fiction. You can also read another essay of hers on fan fiction here at The Millions.

October 20, 2014

Cross-Genre 0

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Back in April, Dreamworks announced its plans to adapt Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for the silver screen, with the author writing the script. A few months later, Rowell published a new book, Landline, that marked a return to adult fiction. At The Rumpus, Amanda Green sits down with the author to talk about […]

October 20, 2014

Art After Tragedy: The Narrow Road to the Deep North 1

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The strange euphemism “Prisoner of War” eventually comes to describe every character in the book.

October 20, 2014

Chance Meetings 0

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In 1817, the painter Robert Benjamin Haydon invited several guests over for what he called an “immortal dinner.” Why the bombastic name? The guests included Keats and Wordsworth, whom Haydon wished to introduce to each other. In the WaPo, Michael Dirda takes a look at The Immortal Evening, a new book about the event by Stanley Plumly.

October 20, 2014

One Long Country Song: What Friday Night Lights Taught Me About Storytelling 4

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I watched Friday Night Lights in real time, as it aired. I wonder if it would have been as much of an influence if I had “binged-watched” all five seasons back-to-back in one or two months’ time. Instead, the show stretched out over the course of five years, 2006-2011, which for me were years when I had to throw out most of the fiction I wrote.

October 19, 2014

What’s the point? 0

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“What’s the point of reading literature?” Electric Literature shares a video that offers a compelling 4-point answer.

October 19, 2014

Chandra on Hemingway 0

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It’s no secret we enjoy and highly recommend The Atlantic‘s By Heart series, and Vikram Chandra‘s essay on reading Hemingway is no exception. Pair with Jonathan Goldman‘s review of a modern edition of The Sun Also Rises.