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November 2, 2014

Weird: France & Belgium 0

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Recommended recommendations: Weird Fiction Review has compiled a list of notable “weird” French and Belgian writers.

November 2, 2014

“Carefully Arranged Derangement” 0

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“Literature offers a way of framing, or reckoning with, the chaos of a universe we can never truly know.” The LA Times interviewed Denis Johnson about his new novel The Laughing Monsters, an excerpt of which can be read online here.

November 1, 2014

Books vs. “Books” 0

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Recommended reading: Alex Beam on the distinction between books and “books.”

November 1, 2014

Bookstore MFA 0

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“There’s something about shopping for books where you’re open for anything. You’re faced with a wall of books, and you don’t know anything about most of them. At some point, it’s just you and the poems.” Carl Adamshick talks with the Los Angeles Review of Books about Powell’s and the “bookstore MFA.” Pair with our […]

November 1, 2014

Fitzgerald’s Football 0

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“F. Scott Fitzgerald is known as one of America’s greatest authors, but was he also responsible for one of football’s most important strategic advances? Maybe. Possibly. Probably not.” Kevin Draper writes about Fitzgerald’s love and possible genius for the game.

October 31, 2014

Alzheimer’s & Literature 0

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“It’s a critical dilemma in my reading and writing but also a real-life dilemma in a family like mine, with Alzheimer’s in our genes: How do you locate the personhood in someone who is, for neurobiological reasons, no longer the person you knew? Is there a way to be true to medical fact and still […]

October 31, 2014

5 Scary Stories 0

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Recommended reading, Halloween edition: 5 scary stories written by women, courtesy of BookRiot.

October 31, 2014

“Save Us From Novelists” 0

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“God save us from novelists who want to create role models.” Time Out New York has published a new interview with Eimear McBride, whose award-winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing was reviewed by our own Hannah Gersen for The Millions.

October 31, 2014

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” 0

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“You want to know who I am? If I wanted to have anything written on my tombstone, I would have, ‘Ask my children or ask my students.’ I actually never thought of it quite that way. That wouldn’t be a bad epitaph.” An excerpt from Studs Terkel‘s oral history of death, Will The Circle Be Unbroken?: […]

October 31, 2014

The Art of Terror: Robert Aickman’s Strange Tales 3

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We might be blocked from seeing what lies beneath the surface, but we know it’s formidable and chilling.