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April 27, 2016

A Shape-Shifting Body 0

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Over at The New Yorker, Hilton Als writes about Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Prince, Cecil Taylor, Octavia Butler, and time travel. He writes, “Toward the end of the film, [Beyoncé] moves further back into the past and examines her roots, we see any number of sharply dressed women sitting in the natural world, talking among themselves. This […]

April 27, 2016

The Kids Are All Right 0

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Recommended Reading: On coming out as a gay children’s book author.

April 27, 2016

The Legacy of Disaster 0

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“Historians, I believe, are dedicated to fighting against the tide of our social amnesia. The reason they continue to write books about the Holocaust, or Appomatox, or the earthquake in Haiti, is to try to help us remember the suffering and the extent of the damage. Some try to humanize, and others turn to abstraction.” […]

April 27, 2016

Everybody Stinks: The Life and Work of a Failed Southern Lady 3

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Florence King was at heart a Randian libertarian, seeing identity politics as antithetical to her sacred sense of individualism and thus worthy of scorn.

April 26, 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a Library 0

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Summer Brennan attempts the Marie Kondo approach to organizing her library and learns about the heartbreaking difficulty of getting rid of books. Pair with this Millions essay on private libraries and what books reveal about their readers.

April 26, 2016

Believers 0

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Recommended Reading: David Means on his religious beliefs and his Hystopia, one of the most anticipated books of the year.

April 26, 2016

A Bimbo, A Gold Digger, and a Fat Pig Walk Into a Bar 1

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“The faceoff with the Tomato would be mental, not physical. He’d accuse her of being on the rag, a bimbo, a gold digger, a fat pig.” A Trump-inspired short story by Year in Reading alumna Darcey Steinke.

April 26, 2016

Taking Risks on the Page 0

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Over at Catapult, Idra Novey writes on how her experience as a translator changed how she approaches her own work as a novelist. Pair with Magdalena Edwards’s Millions essay on reading Clarice Lispector in English.

April 26, 2016

The Science of Poetry 0

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Recommended Listening: David Naimon interviews Ursula K. Le Guin about her latest poetry collection, Late in the Day. Pair with Paul Morton’s Millions interview with the author.

April 26, 2016

The Ultimate Literary Cage Match: Hemingway vs. Faulkner vs. Trump 3

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Trump on Love: “There’s nothing more terrible than an ex-spouse with a ten-ton axe to grind, and no agreement on how your common property is to be divided.”