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November 14, 2014

Johnson’s Spy Thriller 0

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“The Laughing Monsters is, ultimately, about reality, myth, and outright lies. Johnson has always been interested in those moments when the thin skin of the world breaks and we are ushered, unprepared, into another realm.” Stav Sherez reviews Denis Johnson‘s The Laughing Monsters (which we listed in our Second-Half 2014 book preview) and considers the modern […]

November 14, 2014

To Hell with All that Guilty Love: On Steve Almond’s ‘Against Football’ 7

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Wrapping up issues of corporate welfare, media sycophancy, sanctioned brutality, and beating them with an angry stick, Almond’s screed is less an assault on football than the organization that aids and abets its worst behavior.

November 13, 2014

New Eggers Story 0

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Today’s second dose of recommended reading: Dave Eggers has a new short story, “The Alaska of Giants and Gods,” in The New Yorker.

November 13, 2014

Reading New Books 0

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There are all kinds of arguments for reading the canon (Italo Calvino‘s come to mind) but why should we spend time reading untested contemporary authors? Tim Parks tackles this question, with a little help from Virginia Woolf, for The New York Review of Book‘s blog, and his argument pairs well with Guy Patrick Cunningham‘s Millions […]

November 13, 2014

Joan Chase: Our Childhood Edens and Lost Orchards of Memory 3

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We fall back on the novel itself and on our own reactions, delving deeper into the territory of self-investigation. Which is to say, into literature.

November 13, 2014

Discussing ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ 0

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Recommended reading: a piece for The Toast “In Which Three Adults Discuss A Wrinkle in Time Seriously and At Length.” Related: A Wrinkle in Time may finally become a (good) movie.

November 13, 2014

Didion’s Perfect Synthesis 0

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“Many writers write vexed introspection, or detail-oriented reporting, or counterintuitive cultural commentary, or lifestyle journalism. But so far only Didion has done all four in perfect synthesis, a prose that, at its best, can fire on every cylinder and work on multiple fields of the imagination at once.” In support of the Kickstarter project for […]

November 13, 2014

Artifacts of the Present: The Millions Interviews Emily St. John Mandel 3

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I’m fascinated by the phenomenon where three people will witness the same event and remember it in three completely different ways. Structuring a book in a non-linear fashion with multiple points of view allows me to revisit the same plot points from completely different angles.

November 12, 2014

Twists and Turns 0

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Still haven’t read our own Edan Lepucki’s Colbert-endorsed novel California? Here’s another review to whet your appetite. In the latest Kenyon Review, John Domini writes that “Lepucki, however, not only upends expectation, but also parses out a few good surprises.”

November 12, 2014

Looking Outside 0

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Recommended Reading: Tasha Golden on the Lone Genius myth.