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October 28, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Poehler; Gibson; Faber; Farah; Binchy; Paul 0

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Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has a new book on shelves this week, as does William Gibson. Also out: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah; a new collection of Maeve Binchy’s Irish Times columns; and a hardcover compilation of entries in the NYT’s By the book […]

October 28, 2014

The Timeless – and Timely – Allure of the Near Future 6

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If today’s crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we’re in for some filthy weather.

October 27, 2014

What We Want 0

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Any linguist will tell you that languages differ when it comes to how easily they let you specify information. At Slate, Gretchen McCulloch points to a video that highlights four linguistic features we might like to have in English.

October 27, 2014

Thee, Compared 0

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Recommended Reading: Adam Bertocci presents alternate forms for Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet.

October 27, 2014

“Big, though, big head” 0

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Last week marked the release of The Heart is Strange, a new collection of John Berryman poems released to coincide with the centenary of the poet’s birth. At The Paris Review Daily, Dan Piepenbring digs through the magazine’s interview archives to find Berryman’s account of meeting W.B. Yeats. Pair with: Stephen Akey on Berryman’s classic The […]

October 27, 2014

Home of the Brave: On Chris Walsh’s Cowardice: A Brief History 0

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Cowardice is the flaw that dare not speak its name, or as Walsh wryly puts it: “Every other species of human baseness, it seems, has rated a monograph.”

October 27, 2014

For Her 0

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Leave it to Roxane Gay to come up with a novel format for an essay on the feminist novel. In the new issue of Dissent, she presents eleven theses on the topic, including references to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying, and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Sample quote: “Not […]

October 27, 2014

When Updike Met Barth 4

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Barth continued to express admiration and respect toward Updike. Updike returned the praise, though more often with soft mentions that he hadn’t quite finished Barth’s most recent books.

October 26, 2014

“Speaking of Memory” 0

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In an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Peter Birkenhead goes back to Nabokov‘s Speak, Memory and considers “the way our memories tell themselves to us: in hints, collisions, and rushes, overlapping, upside down, out of order.” Pair with our own Garth Risk Hallberg‘s piece on reading Ada, or Ardor.

October 26, 2014

Love Letter Requiem 0

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“I think of the book as a love letter in the form of a requiem.” Our own Emily St. John Mandel, whose novel Station Eleven was recently shortlisted for the National Book Award, was interviewed for Omnivoracious about writing, apocalypse and the beauty of the modern world.