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July 5, 2015

“I’ll Read Anything” 0

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“If the sentences are meticulously made, I’ll read anything, whether it’s as destabilizing as a Gary Lutz short story or as melancholy as a Chris Ware comic. The only books I give up on are texts where the writer’s attention is concentrated so heavily on narrative questions that his or her use of language becomes […]

July 5, 2015

Too Dark for TV 2

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“This is a huge generalization, but [American novels] have tended not to have all the elements that make it good for television, whether it’s too interior or there’s not enough action. The Brits tended to write more colorful stories rather than the darkness and struggle. Dickens and Trollope certainly knew how to write sequels, books […]

July 2, 2015

Choosing Covers 0

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It’s not often that a major publisher listens to a new author when they request a specific painting be used for their book cover. But they listened to Naomi Jackson, and over at the Literary Hub she explains her choice of cover art for Star Side of Bird Hill and the Caribbean significance behind it.

July 2, 2015

A New Kind of Book Review 0

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A new kind of book review: 5 artists interpret and critique literature through works of visual art.

July 2, 2015

The Best Friend There Is: Keeping Time with Brazenhead Books 2

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“I’ve accepted the end times,” he says. “Not, like, in a Biblical way. I just did the math.”

July 2, 2015

Infographic: Summer Reads 0

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This week in book-related infographics: Electric Literature has recommendations for summer reading, organized by location and required concentration level. Going to Italy? Try A Room with a View. Craving a tropical get-away? Read The Beach, obviously.

July 2, 2015

Let Us Now Be Grateful That They’re (Finally!) (Honestly!) (Really Really Really!) Dead 7

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The Grateful Dead’s final tour is another reminder that the band long ago became a large corporation with a bottom line to consider. That’s not a knock on their success. It’s just a fact.

July 1, 2015

The Crowning 0

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After his death, fans of David Foster Wallace canonized him as a prophet, according him a degree of benevolence shared by almost no one in American letters. In New York Magazine, Christian Lorentzen argues that Wallace himself worried about this happening, and says he’d “probably be the last person to argue for his sainthood.” His […]

July 1, 2015

Gently Simmer 0

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Recommended Reading: Audrey Hepburn’s son on his new book about his mother’s recipes.

July 1, 2015

Press Start 0

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Readers of the 1960s and 70s ran into many people who worried that writers were learning from television. In 2015, the concern is slightly different — are writers taking cues from video games? At the Ploughshares blog, Matthew Burnside tackles the game-ification of books.