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February 23, 2017

Surviving Trump: Masha Gessen Wants You to Remember the Future 0

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It’s taken Americans a while to understand how Trump lies, that he doesn’t lie in order to make you believe what he is saying. He lies in order to assert power over reality.

February 22, 2017

Ottessa Moshfegh Is Disgusting (in a Good Way) 3

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The characters in Homesick for Another World violate and are violated in turn; they are sick in every sense, and sick of this world.

February 22, 2017

Tom Hanks, Fiction Writer 0

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Tom Hanks’s debut collection of short stories is due out in October. “The theme of the collection will be typewriters,” reports The Guardian, “with each tale involving one of these more and more scarce machines.”

February 22, 2017

Fake Pill City 0

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In his new book, Pill City, journalist Kevin Deutsch set out to tell the real story of how, following the 2015 Baltimore riots, Charm City’s streets became flush with heroin and pills. But now local writers are raising serious questions about the veracity of Deutsch’s account. Among others, The Wire creator David Simon has called […]

February 22, 2017

The Master and the Big Screen 0

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Russian movie producer Svetlana Migunova-Dali is working with U.S. producer Grace Loh, who produced Hot Tub Time Machine, to adapt Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita for the big screen. They say they’re working with a feature film budget of up to $100 million, and they want A-list actors to fill out the cast.

February 22, 2017

The Cruelest Joke: Laughing Through Tragedy 1

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It’s cathartic to hear David Cross rip Donald Trump to shreds. Just as it’s cathartic to listen to Louis C.K. make fun of himself. Just as it’s cathartic to escape in Mitch Hedberg jokes instead of thinking about the sick person I just spoke to on the phone. But the laughter doesn’t change anything.

February 21, 2017

Arrival Is a Movie About Movies (Not Language) 0

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Because the plot of Ted Chiang’s story is so intricately meshed with its medium — the very words that comprise a short story, and the way that we process a linear narrative as we read it off the page — it would be impossible to make a film that engages with language in the same way.

February 21, 2017

Against Readability 42

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“Readable” has become the chosen term of praise in our times precisely because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to. But to praise readability is to embrace the vicious feedback loop that our culture now finds itself in.

February 21, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Coetzee; Li; Enriquez; Hoffman; Hogan; Puchner; Shepard 0

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Out this week: The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee; Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li; Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez; Running by Cara Hoffman; The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan; Last Day On Earth by Eric Puchner; and The World to Come by Jim Shepard. For more on these and other new titles, go […]

February 20, 2017

Five Ways ‘Homo Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari Changed My Life 2

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I am an avalanche of electric signals fired by billions of neurons that stimulate glands to secrete hormones and make my muscles contract in such a way that chocolate finds its way to my mouth.