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June 30, 2016

Wiesel in Disney 0

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Something to brighten your day — Elie Wiesel visited Disneyland and absolutely loved it.

June 30, 2016

The Arrangements 2

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The New York Times Book Review commissioned a work of fiction about the election from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She chose to write about Melania Trump. If you can handle more Trump, check out Greg Chase’s portrait of a Trump supporter, based on Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury.

June 30, 2016

Remembering the Present: On Chuck Klosterman’s ‘But What if We’re Wrong?’ 15

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Klosterman’s conversations with Neil deGrasse Tyson and string theorist Brain Greene prove to be fascinating, if creepy, measured discussions of whether life might be a simulation.

June 30, 2016

Political Lit 0

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Patrice Hutton writes on Obama, Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, and politics at Ploughshares. You could also read Alex Engebretson’s thoughts on Robinson’s singular vision.

June 30, 2016

Accepting Rejection 0

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Rejection is a part of growth. Kim Liao argues why writers should aim for one hundred rejections a year. To prepare for your one hundred rejections, let literary magazine editors tell you their thoughts on rejection letters.

June 30, 2016

Colonial Con Man 0

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It was the dawn of American know-how and hucksterism, when a newly minted citizen could pursue his or her destiny to be someone else entirely. And being someone else was Stephen Burroughs’s specialty.

June 29, 2016

Welcome to the Book Tour 0

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Our own Emily St. John Mandel gives a glimpse of her life on the road. “I’d been on tour for so long that I had to take a picture of my hotel room door every time I checked into a new place, because otherwise I’d forget my room number,” she writes. For more of her […]

June 29, 2016

Mind the Label 0

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“By casting my book as personal rather than professional—by marketing me as a woman on a journey of self-discovery, rather than a reporter on a groundbreaking assignment—I was effectively being stripped of my expertise on the subject I knew best.” Suki Kim on writing a work of investigative journalism that was miscategorized as memoir. Pair […]

June 29, 2016

Feels Like the First Time: On Discovering Writers 2

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When you see a beautiful stranger across a crowded room, the spark fires and you won’t forget the moment.

June 29, 2016

A Little Bird Told Me 0

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Catapult has a new anonymous column in which a little bird called Magpie collects nice things that happen each week.