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October 12, 2016

The Hope of a Suggestion: On Mary Oliver’s Latest 2

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“Upstream” comes highly recommended.

October 12, 2016

Also Only Costs $9.99 0

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“Start with the novel’s climax (often the first thing you know about it, its most striking moment) and work backward, asking why-why-why. Then write forward.” Nell Zink at The Lithub on how to become a novelist in 10 easy steps. See also our interview with Zink from last week.

October 12, 2016

I Want My MTV 0

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For those among us who have missed the eighties, from now until November 8th, Esquire magazine is hosting a special pop-up edition of SPY, that late-millennial stalwart of satirical journalism. Co-founder (and novelist) Kurt Andersen said he was moved to bring the magazine back because “lots more people, pretty much every day, said to me, ‘SPY really needs […]

October 12, 2016

Dispatches from Guangzhou 0

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Take a vicarious trip to China via a special issue of Ninth Letter, a literary and arts journal published by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Including work by authors Madelaine Thien and Khaled Al Khamissi, the issue grew out of a residency sponsored by Sun Yat-sen University’s Center for English-language Creative Writing, the only such department of […]

October 12, 2016

20 Reasons Why You Should Read Literary Magazines 3

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1. The writers you will love tomorrow are being published there today.

October 11, 2016

The Millions Top Ten: September 2016 0

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‘The Sellout’ rocketed up our Top Ten this month, jumping from ninth position all the way up to third.

October 11, 2016

Perfectly Delectable: Marcy Dermansky’s ‘The Red Car’ 0

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If a story of a woman going west to find herself doesn’t sound original, it’s Dermansky’s delivery that makes this short novel perfectly delectable.

October 11, 2016

A Daisy Chain of Laffs 1

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Turns out David Sedaris loves The Onion (but who doesn’t, really?). Slate asked more than 30 writers including Junot Díaz, Elif Batuman, Paul Beatty, Miranda July, and Chris Kraus to recommend their favorite funny books. Might we recommend you pair this with our own Jacob Lambert‘s comedic interpretation of Cormac McCarthy?

October 11, 2016

Writing as Advocacy 0

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“There’s this sense of guilt that my writing career is going well because black people are being killed. I’ve reached a point where I don’t know if I have anything new to say. It’s the same narrative over and over.” Debut novelist Brit Bennett gets profiled for The New York Times about The Mothers, which we […]

October 11, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Bennett; Dermansky; Jarrar; Witt; Weiner; Oliver; Atwood 0

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Out this week: The Mothers by Brit Bennett; The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky; Him, Me, Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar; Future Sex by Emily Witt; Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner; Upstream by Mary Oliver; and Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview.