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December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tom Nissley 3

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I did something in 2014 that would throw a wrench into anyone’s reading: I bought a bookstore.

December 17, 2014

Mark It Up 0

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Recommended Reading: Laura Miller’s argument for writing in books. You could also read Sam Anderson’s marginalia in Dan Brown’s Inferno, as well as his Year in Marginalia from 2010.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Darcey Steinke 1

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Hathaway writes with precision and spiritual dignity, giving advice that jumps off the page and directly into the heart.

December 17, 2014

Stars of Old Russia 0

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In 1913, four years before the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II made the now-baffling claim that a writer named Teffi was the only major Russian writer. At the time, however, his endorsement made sense, because everybody in Russia, from royalty on down, read Teffi’s work and “delighted” in it. Until the revolution, at which point […]

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Ron Rash 0

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The writing throughout is superb, and at times so vivid that I felt unmoored from my own world and completely in the author’s.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Emma Straub 1

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Four of my favorites this year were story collections, which I suppose makes sense, given that stories take less time to read and are therefore a less intimidating enterprise for a new mother operating on very little sleep.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Carolyn Kellogg 0

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The book is partly about a aging porn director, partly about a young couple absently plotting revenge against a cop, partly about a former paramedic’s crime.

December 16, 2014

Epic 0

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“Idea #2: Book opens to reveal it is hollow, contains one medium-sized onion. Review: ‘Multilayered… had me in tears.’” How to write a first novel that gets praised in the New York Times.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Michele Filgate 3

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For the longest time, literature has been my identity. Who am I without other people’s words?

December 16, 2014

Not for Us 0

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It’s easy to find essays targeted at writers that argue that rejection isn’t really that bad. In her new book, How to Not Write, Lisa Carver takes the argument a step further, as she says that not only does rejection not hurt you, it “frees you” and “facilitates action.” At The Rumpus, an excerpt from the […]