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August 5, 2016

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Door-to-Door Activism 0

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People are selfish. People like barbecue. Cat sweaters are underrated. That’s pretty much all you needed to know to survive this job. 

August 4, 2016

Solitary Reader 0

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Rebecca Solnit writes on loneliness, intimacy, and writing in The Faraway Nearby. Melissa Holbrook Pierson reviewed the book at The Millions.

August 4, 2016

Internet Erasure 0

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“There is a wide range of art in the world, but there is an urgent need for art that pushes us and makes us uncomfortable because it forces us to think, to question, to give into it, to resist.” Year in Reading alum Roxane Gay writes on Internet censorship and Dennis Cooper’s now deleted blog.

August 4, 2016

Book Drop 0

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Doubleday pulled a Beyonce and published Colson Whitehead’s latest book, The Underground Railroad, a month early. Oprah chose Whitehead’s book for her book club, and Doubleday “secretly started shipping out 200,000 copies in anticipation of the announcement.” You can also read a review from Michiko Kakutani at the New York Times.

August 4, 2016

Making Strange: On Laura Vapnyar’s ‘Still Here’ 0

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Vapnyar shows us America, the beautiful and absurd, managing to satirize it without ever losing sympathy for the people living in it.

August 4, 2016

The Kiss 0

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Check out a piece from Year in Reading alum Rebecca Makkai about an important kiss at Guernica Mag.

August 4, 2016

Make You Feel 0

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Robert Birnbaum interviews Cynthia Ozick at The Morning News. “Fiction shouldn’t say something, it should make you feel.” If you want to read more from Ozick, check out our interview with her.

August 4, 2016

The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’ 3

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You don’t need to read ‘Dead People’ front to back; its value lies within its stylish and substantive reconsideration of an ancient form.

August 3, 2016

Little Big League 0

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What does the Man Booker prize mean for independent presses? On Salt, Saraband, and Oneworld, the three indie publishers with books on the Man Booker longlist this year.

August 3, 2016

Required Reading 0

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What are college freshman reading? NPR shares a few selections from around the country. A recent study found that “The list of readings continues to be dominated by recent, trendy, and intellectually unchallenging books.” Our own Nick Ripatrazone writes about the difference between teaching high school and college students.