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October 19, 2016

The Library Is Dead. Long Live the Library! 6

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Properly maintained public libraries empower minority communities by providing access to modern technologies and the training to use these technologies.

October 19, 2016

The Legacy of Margaret Sanger: On Sabrina Jones’s ‘Our Lady of Birth Control’ 1

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When we consider “life-changing” advances we tend to think of things like electricity or automobiles. Birth control never makes the list. But the ability for women to take a pill and choose when or whether to get pregnant is revolutionary.

October 18, 2016

A Place to Find Shelter: Donald Quist’s ‘Harbors’ 0

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Quist always has his feet firmly planted in multiple homelands: Maryland and South Carolina, U.S. and Thailand, the double consciousness of being both black and American.

October 18, 2016

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin 0

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“To talk to Le Guin is to encounter alternatives. At her house, the writer is present, but so is Le Guin the mother of three, the faculty wife: the woman writing fantasy in tandem with her daily life.” The New Yorker dedicates a long profile to Ursula K. Le Guin. Pair with our interview with the prolific […]

October 18, 2016

A Worthy Prize 0

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The New York Public Library has named five finalists for its inaugural Harriet Tubman prize, which recognizes non-fiction books that explore the topic of slavery. You may also want to revisit our own Edan Lepucki‘s essay from a few years back on slavery in fiction.

October 18, 2016

Blood Roots 0

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“[W]e are and we are not who our blood roots predetermine us to be.” Over at Electric Literature, Sion Dayson talks with our own Sonya Chung about race, writing, and her new novel, The Loved Ones, which is one of the books we’re most excited to read this month.

October 18, 2016

Five Novels I Won’t Write 12

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Alas, I have only one life, and one voice, and only three days of childcare a week to write.

October 18, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Lethem; Lasdun; Khalifa; Prose; Correa; Macy; Hajdu; Chung 0

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New this week: A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem; The Fall Guy by James Lasdun; No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa; Mister Monkey by Francine Prose; The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa; Truevine by Beth Macy; Love for Sale by David Hajdu; and The Loved Ones by our own Sonya Chung. For more on these and other new titles, […]

October 17, 2016

What Is It About Hibbing? 3

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Whether it was the richly funded schools or the iron ore in the water or some other strange vortex (Hibbing is also, weirdly, at the epicenter of climate change), the town boasts an unusual number of writers, some of them culture-changers like Dylan.

October 17, 2016

On Walls and Compassion 0

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“You know I would like to talk with you and lessen your fears. Regardless of our differences, we are related.” New short fiction from Dutch novelist Claire Polders over at Electric Literature. Related: some wonderfully weird Trump metafiction.