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June 22, 2015

Baconian 0

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Recommended Viewing: Peter Witte’s drawings that explain his problem with bacon.

June 22, 2015

Fail Again 0

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Having kicked off his career with a book of poetry, it’s not surprising that Ben Lerner is interested in the late Johns Hopkins professor Allen Grossman, who theorized that people dislike poetry because poems are — by definition — failures. In a piece for the LRB, he runs through the implications of Grossman’s theory, touching on poets […]

June 22, 2015

The Summer of Butterflies 1

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In his lifetime, Vladimir Nabokov travelled widely, logging many years each in St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Ithaca, New York, where he wrote Lolita while teaching at Cornell. His peripatetic history explains why few people know he spent a summer in Utah, during which he spent a lot of time chasing butterflies and fishing in the streams. […]

June 22, 2015

Pants on Fire: The Genre That Cannot Be Named 2

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Inventing one composite kid from two could make the story stronger. Certainly it would make writing the story easier for me. I come in part from cheating stock — thieves, adulterers, at least two murderers, as far as I know. I was curious: Could I be a cheater, or, more precisely, a compositor, too?

June 21, 2015

Medieval Advice 0

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Need to know how to tell if someone is or is not dead? How to leave a party gracefully? How to avoid the plague? Luckily the writers of the Middle Ages had a how-to book for everything, even if that advice does include killing bed bugs by “Spread[ing] Gun-powder, beaten small, about the crevices of […]

June 21, 2015

How Long? 0

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This week in book-related infographics: a chart of just how long it takes kids to finish popular books. Where the Wild Things Are? 4 minutes. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? 24 hours.

June 20, 2015

A Bookish Father’s Day 0

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Looking for the perfect book for Father’s Day, but didn’t find quite what you were looking for in our list? Lit Hub has some supplemental titles you might be interested in.

June 20, 2015

James Salter (1925-2015) 0

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Writer James Salter died on Friday. We interviewed him in 2012 and he reflected on memory and on his long life as a writer. He said, “Everything you know, nobody else knows, and everything you imagine or see belongs to you alone. What you write comes out of that, both in the trivial and deepest […]

June 19, 2015

Printing Wikipedia 0

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“Half utilitarian data visualization project, half absurdist poetic gesture:” a Brooklyn artist is working to turn all of Wikipedia into a print encyclopedia set numbering some 7,600 volumes. But the best part of the project by far is the titles for those volumes, which include such gems as “Hulk (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) — Humanitarianism […]

June 19, 2015

The Book Report: Episode 21: Seven Millions Questions with Catie Disabato 0

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Cut for time from this episode: Mike’s impromptu a cappella version of “We R Who We R,” which was beautiful but now you’ll never get to hear it, thanks a lot, JANET.