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February 12, 2016

Dreaming and Writing 0

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Maria Popova writes on Freud’s The Interpretations of Dreams, childhood, and the unconscious. For The Millions, Chloe Benjamin writes about fiction and dreaming.

February 12, 2016

Wimmer on Translation 0

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Natasha Wimmer, translator of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 and Álvaro Enrigue’s Sudden Death, explains her work process and why she’s translating a woman’s work next. Pair with our founder C. Max Magee’s thoughts on machine translation.

February 12, 2016

Jefferson on Construction 0

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“It’s strange to keep confronting, in these stylistic ways, how you were constructed. What you were constructed to be in the world.” Margo Jefferson sits down with BOMB Magazine to discuss feminism, class, and her memoir, Negroland. Our own Michael Bourne writes on the art of memoir.

February 12, 2016

Addressing the Spider 0

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Recommended Reading: J. M. Tyree’s new story at Guernica. “There’s a man on the bus sitting directly in front of you. He has a small brown spider crawling across his red shirt, near his left shoulder blade.” You could also watch our episode of The Book Report on Our Secret Life in the Movies by […]

February 12, 2016

Questions from the Archives 0

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Jenn Shapland had the pleasure of cataloguing the archives of Carson McCullers, Gertrude Stein, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Their possessions left her with a few lingering questions. Pair with Shapland’s piece on cataloguing David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King.

February 12, 2016

The Book Report: Episode 37: Deluxe Presidents’ Day Edition 1

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Not discussed in this episode: The theory that the presidency has diminished over time due to HA HA HA HA HA HA HA “MAJOR BUTT” HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

February 11, 2016

Watkins’s Romantic Sublime 0

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“Too vast for human comprehension, yet at the same time a tabula rasa for each fragile individual’s desires, it’s a classic example of the Romantic sublime, as mesmerising as it is deadly.” The Guardian reviews Year in Reading Alumnus Claire Vaye Watkins’s Gold Fame Citrus. Compare and contrast with our review of the novel.

February 11, 2016

On the All-Nighter 0

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If you’ve pulled an all-nighter, you understand the strange mental space that follows. Carmen Maria Machado brings us into that space at Catapult.

February 11, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway 0

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Aaron Sorkin is writing the first Broadway production of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. To prepare, Michael Bourne’s essay introduces us to the real Atticus Finch.

February 11, 2016

Tell Me Something New 0

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Recommended Listening: Part One of Jhumpa Lahiri’s conversation with Paul Holdengraber at Lit Hub. “You know, tell me about something I don’t know. Tell me about a musician I’ve never heard of. Tell me about a poet I should be reading. Tell me something about the world, a situation that someone can explain to me […]