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November 20, 2014

Death, Sex, Money & James McBride 0

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Recommended listening: Death, Sex & Money talks with James McBride, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction.

November 20, 2014

Ripatrazone & Reviews 0

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Our staff writer Nick Ripatrazone has published two books in the last year – the short story collection Good People and the novella We Will Listen For You – and both have recently been reviewed in New Jersey papers, which agree that the books are “an invitation to look beyond the stone walls of churches […]

November 20, 2014

Gather Your Acolytes About You: Advice for Aspiring Writers 3

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Singer. Newly rich individual. Reality TV person. Naked blogger. Politician sexting victim. Politician. Tech mogul. Koch-brother style of oligarch. It is imperative, before you sit down to write, that none of these alternatives are available to you in either the short or medium term.

November 19, 2014

2014 National Book Award Winners Announced 2

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The 2014 National Book Award winners were announced tonight in New York City. The big prize for Fiction went to Redeployment by Phil Klay

November 19, 2014

Good News 0

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What accounts for the incredible popularity of Chicken Soup for the Soul? The inspirational book series has continually sold well since the first volume was published in 1993. At Slate, Katy Waldman investigates its appeal.

November 19, 2014

As It Comes 0

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Recommended Reading: Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays. You could also read S.J. Culver on discovering her work when he was young.

November 19, 2014

Positively Freudian 0

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Chances are that your mental image of Pavlov is that of a man giving commands to a barking dog. However, as a new biography makes clear, the doctor who brought us his very own adjective has a far more complicated legacy. In The New Yorker, Michael Specter writes about the man behind the bell.

November 19, 2014

First Encounter of the Worst Kind: On Reading James Patterson at 32,000 Feet 26

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Books like this are for people who don’t really like to read but love to be able to say they have read, much as fruity cocktails are for people who don’t really like to drink but love to get knee-walking drunk.

November 19, 2014

Hardly Working 0

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Why is it okay to say “I’m working on a novel” but not okay to say “I’m working on my novel”? The former is a normal, straightforward, expression, while the latter smacks of arrogance and self-absorption. At Bookforum, Jesse Barron writes about the oddity of Working on My Novel, a collection of retweets (you read […]

November 19, 2014

Emancipation from Irony: On ‘The Best American Comics 2014′ 3

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When you read a comic, you are accepting a direct message from one singular honest soul. Your hand touches theirs. That soul can be strange. That soul can be sick. And it can also be oh-so earnest,