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July 10, 2016

Overhearing the Wisdom 0

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Recommended Listening: Poet Rachel Zucker speaks with John Murillo about duende and the ethics of writing poetry.

July 10, 2016

Writing a New Canon 0

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Over at VICE, Karan Mahajan, Tanwi Nandini Islam, and Jenny Zhang talked about the new generation of Asian American writers. “There isn’t really a canon, which means if you are Asian American and writing, you’re automatically adding to it. Once I realized this, I became extremely protective of my writing,” said Zhang. Pair with this Millions […]

July 10, 2016

The Lines Between Us 0

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“Think of landscape. Think of how elements come to be attached to one another, how it’s impossible to separate the road from the field, the field from the tree, the tree from the water, the water from the sky. We cannot attribute natural features to the lines we design just as we cannot attribute natural […]

July 10, 2016

So Tired Today 2

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Recommended Reading: Year in Reading alumna Roxane Gay on the importance and exhaustion of continually bearing witness.

July 10, 2016

All That We Love 0

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“Maybe I [felt] a shift in responsibility when I had kids. I wanted the work I was doing, whatever it was, to be something that could be meaningful to them one day. That’s where the germ of the memoir came from. I thought that perhaps writing about my parents and where I came from would […]

July 9, 2016

Sensible Tourists 0

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Recommended Reading: Over at The Offing, a new story by Joy Williams describes what happens when a sad group of American tourists goes to Cornwall, England.

July 9, 2016

The Poet’s Voice 0

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“I’ve been spending a lot of time with my husband’s American cousins, who have a five-year-old daughter. She is fascinated and confused by my ‘Briddish’ accent, which she seems to think at points is something I’m putting on. She invented a game where she’ll point at an object in the room and I have to […]

July 9, 2016

Going Against the Current 0

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Emily Harnett writes about Elena Ferrante’s bad book covers and how it embraces “women’s fiction” as a genre. As she puts it, “In a literary marketplace where the very image of a woman is seen as antithetical to literature, Ferrante’s covers take an important stand.” Pair with Cora Currier’s essay on reading Italy through Ferrante’s […]

July 9, 2016

Secret Tricks 0

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Lisa Dilling writes about translating Yuri Herrera’s genius. Pair with this Millions essay about translators at work.

July 9, 2016

In the Sleepy Fishing Village 0

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Over at The New Yorker, Roa Lynn recalls going to Pablo Neruda’s home and getting him to write her a poem: “Would he read a few of the poems that I had brought with me? To my delight, he said that after lunch he would take his customary nap and after that he would read […]