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February 25, 2015

“Queries are unacceptable” 0

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Recommended Reading: Willy Blackmore talking to Matthew J.X. Malady about the time he tried to be a literary agent.

February 25, 2015

Bugged and Bruised: On Jason Ockert’s ‘Wasp Box’ 1

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Ockert reveals how sometimes evil arrives not with a bang or a whimper, but with the calming buzz of the inevitable.

February 25, 2015

Old Hand 0

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Edith Pearlman has been writing stories for a long time, but it’s only recently that she’s received widespread attention for them, as evidenced by this New Yorker piece on the author by James Wood. In it, Wood writes about the ways in which Pearlman is “a fabulist in realist’s clothing,” among other things. Pair with: […]

February 25, 2015

My Life, Abridged 0

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Chekhov never published an autobiography, but he did once write a letter in which, in Chekhovian fashion, he summed up his life in a paragraph. At The Paris Review Daily, you can read the Constance Garnett translation of this letter in full. You could also check out Brendan Mathews on reading Chekhov for self-improvement.

February 25, 2015

Only Connect: Social (Media) Anxiety 7

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Twitter and Facebook are great for quick blasts of dopamine or adrenaline, but not for creating sustained waves of happiness or fear or maintaining the kind of cumulative tension upon which good stories rely.

February 24, 2015

Keeping Tabs 0

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The F.B.I. had a massive file on James Baldwin in the fifties and sixties. Among other things, their notes featured passages of surprisingly adept criticism, including an oddly in-depth look at sexuality in his work. You could also read Justin Campbell on race, fatherhood and Baldwin’s fiction.

February 24, 2015

Wild America 0

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“In the six years that I wrote the book, I moved around a huge amount. I was in five or six different states, and spent a lot of time on the road. I think if you’re out in this country so much, you just see a lot of weird stuff. Weird, ominous stuff.” Talking with […]

February 24, 2015

The Post-Apocalyptic Present: On Quan Barry’s ‘She Weeps Each Time You’re Born’ 0

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The history of Vietnam is another quagmire. And upon this sucking, unholy ground a novel is built.

February 24, 2015

Beyond Campus 0

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David Lodge never set out to be a writer of campus novels, but that may end up being his legacy, thanks to his most famous books, Changing Places and Small World. In the LRB, Stefan Collini reviews a new book of essays and an autobiography by the author, the latter of which covers the first […]

February 24, 2015

The Book Guy 0

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Whether or not you’re an avid collector of NYRB Classics like Stoner, you’ll enjoy this profile of series publisher Edwin Frank, conducted by Millions contributor and Oyster Editorial Director Kevin Nguyen. In the profile, Frank delves into the mindset that guides his choices, tying the rise of the American publishing series to the passage of the GI […]