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December 4, 2016

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 0

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The election of Donald Trump on a wave of white aggrievement changed the way I read A Country Road, a Tree, as I suspect it will change the way I read and understand everything in the years to come.

December 4, 2016

A Year in Reading: Jacob Lambert 5

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What better way to distance myself from Donald Trump’s noxiousness than to read about an eerily quiet, snowed-in hotel, written decades before the terms ‘basket of deplorables’ and ‘nasty woman’ entered the vernacular?

December 3, 2016

A Year In Reading: Nick Moran 18

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Consider me your alien man-slug, obsessively slinking deeper down into the cavern of insanity, fixated only on complete submergence into all things Sunshine.

December 3, 2016

A Year in Reading: Sonya Chung 0

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The central question Paisner asks is, What happens when you are carried into a nether realm of anything-goes, and your loved ones are not willing to come along with you?

December 3, 2016

A Year in Reading: Matt Seidel 0

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In one section, a series of nude women bathe in green water, in blue water, in communal or private tubs, posed in foot baths or sticking their arms in an octopus-like contraption of pipes and funnels. What Whitmanian raptures, or hygienic tips, does the surrounding text reveal?

December 3, 2016

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 5

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Lew Archer’s assessments of women — “Legs still good. Mouth still good.” — continued to rankle, and I began to collect these instances…for what, I am not yet sure. Maybe as a reminder that this way of seeing females is historical, at least half a century old. It is also our inheritance. And it persists.

December 2, 2016

A Year in Reading: Caille Millner 0

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The Paris that explodes with life on these pages is neither chic nor intellectual — it’s scrappy, ornery, and dangerous, but it’s also a place of intimacy and wild possibility.

December 2, 2016

A Year in Reading: Tony Tulathimutte 0

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You can’t unread it, but you will reread it.

December 2, 2016

Harper Lee Land 0

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“The so-called ‘alt-right’ is white nationalism repackaged as retro-chic, and its discourse constantly invokes nostalgia for a golden age in the Confederate South when racism when reigned supreme. The leaders of this project will need to be very careful that they don’t end up just creating a Disneyland for racists.” A coalition of local businesses in […]

December 2, 2016

A Year in Reading: Claire-Louise Bennett 1

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I have been a terrible reader this year, demanding the impossible — I wanted to experience the same tumult and sting of feelings I encountered when I read classic books for the first time, around the age of 16.