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December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Caitlin Doughty 1

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Each story is more bonkers than the next.

December 18, 2014

The Year of the Essay 0

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“Reading fiction is one of my true loves, but essays help me to understand things about the world, the writer, and if they’re really great, myself.” Electric Literature‘s Jason Diamond argues 2014 was “The Year of the Essay,” and when we think over the collections published this year – The Empathy Exams, The Unspeakable and Loitering, among […]

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Scott Cheshire 2

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The only thing that could have made Marilynn Robinson’s Lila better were if she rocked me in her arms as she read it to me as if I were her child.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Molly Antopol 0

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I can think of few writers who pack as much humor, psychological precision, and insanely exciting language into a single paragraph, let alone an entire story, as Elizabeth McCracken does again and again.

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.