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January 26, 2015

It Spaketh 0

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You might think the signs would be obvious. The buildings are organic, the sky is filled with dragons, and everyone you talk to speaks languages you’ve never heard of. But you may still need some help figuring out your environs. Herewith, a few ways to tell if you’re in a high-fantasy novel.

January 26, 2015

The Page 40 Test 14

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But by paying close attention to how a writer constructs sentences, we can begin to see how the larger structure of the novel is built.

January 26, 2015

The Zone 0

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In the past few years, we’ve seen a swell of books that focus on female friendship. The newfound popularity of writers like Elena Ferrante has given us a new wealth of books that explore this kind of relationship. At Salon, Dear Thief author Samantha Harvey examines why this is, as part of a larger discussion […]

January 26, 2015

I Would Do This for You: The Narrative Possibilities of Leaked Emails 3

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Wikileaks and the news media were interested in these emails for their geopolitical implications, but they also represent a veritable cornucopia of narrative pleasures, all the more delectable because they are strange and secret and real.

January 25, 2015

Simic on Strand 0

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“By now, you are probably asking yourself, Did these two ever talk about anything serious? Of course, we did. We talked about how writing a poem is no different from taking out a frying pan and concocting a dish out of the ingredients available in the house, how in poetry, as in cooking, it’s all […]

January 25, 2015

VIDA Women of Color 0

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This week in lit news: VIDA, the organization that’s been counting appearances by women writers in major literary journals since 2010, will expand their 2014 count to include data on race/ethnicity.

January 25, 2015

Science Fiction and the Paperback Novel 0

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Fun fact: Up until the late 1940s, science fiction novels really didn’t exist. Andrew Liptak writes about the rise of the paperback novel and the evolution of science fiction for Kirkus Reviews. Pair with Nichole Bernier‘s Millions essay on “The Point of the Paperback.”

January 24, 2015

Literary Podcasts 0

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Recommended recommendations: “Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute.”

January 24, 2015

More Frightened Than We’ve Ever Been 0

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Following up on her latest book, On Immunity: An Inoculation, Year in Reading alum Eula Biss talks with Salon about “action movies, race, fear, violence and vaccination.” Pair with Kyle Boelte‘s Millions review of On Immunity.

January 24, 2015

When James met Wilde 0

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Oscar Wilde: a “fatuous fool,” a “tenth-rate cad,” and an “unclean beast?” According to Henry James, all of the above.