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August 6, 2016

Anne Frank’s Legacy 0

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“Nathan Englander’s characters have invented ‘the Anne Frank game’ whose major question is ‘who would hide you if there were another Holocaust.’ By making this a game, the characters demonstrate their affective distance from the event, but at the same time Englander illustrates that the Holocaust remains a touchstone for the marijuana-smoking, Orthodox Jews who […]

August 6, 2016

Born in Translation 0

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Is the global literary marketplace changing the way that novelists write? Over at Public Books, Dora Zhang writes on Rebecca Walkowitz’s Born Translated and books that “appear simultaneously or nearly simultaneously in multiple languages.” Pair with this Millions piece on literary translators at work.

August 6, 2016

Sustainable Olympics 0

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Year in Reading alumna Nell Zink writes on the future of global sport. As she puts it, “Under my plan for reform, the Olympics will no longer be assigned a fixed geographic location.”

August 6, 2016

The Author Talks Back 0

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Recommended Listening: Over at WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR member station, White Trash author Nancy Isenberg responds to Michael Bourne’s Millions review of her book. Her comment starts a few seconds before minute twenty-seven.

August 5, 2016

The Women Who Reclaimed the Streets 0

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“For a woman to be a flâneuse, first and foremost, she’s got to be a walker – someone who gets to know the city by wandering its streets, investigating its dark corners, peering behind façades, penetrating into secret courtyards. Virginia Woolf called it ‘street haunting’ in an essay by that name: sailing out into a […]

August 5, 2016

Deaf Poets Society 0

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The inaugural issue of Deaf Poets Society is out, featuring new “intersectional disability literature & art.” For other recommended reading, don’t miss our Great Second-Half Book Preview.

August 5, 2016

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Richard Vine’s ‘Soho Sins’ 1

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SoHo Sins succeeds because it was written by a man with a day job, a job that gives him intimate knowledge of how a subculture works – its personalities and preoccupations, its business practices, its styles, its silliness and occasional beauty.

August 5, 2016

True Story 0

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Over at Granta, Melissa Febos writes about truth. As she puts it, “The true telling of our stories often requires the annihilation of other stories, the ones we build and carry through our lives because it is easier to preserve some mysteries.”

August 5, 2016

Poetry in a Box 0

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Recommended Reading: On poetry about poem-making and the poetics of assemblage.

August 5, 2016

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Door-to-Door Activism 0

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People are selfish. People like barbecue. Cat sweaters are underrated. That’s pretty much all you needed to know to survive this job.