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March 25, 2015

Chum Lit 0

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Some of the best novels out there — Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men — deal largely with fictional friendships. Yet depictions of close friends that are central to the plot are considerably rare in modern novels. At The Guardian, AD Miller notes this isn’t the case for movies and TV shows, and suggests a […]

March 25, 2015

“This big, tangled thing” 0

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Recommended Reading: “Another Tuesday” by Tanya Knox.

March 25, 2015

The Weight of Knowledge: On Moving Books 8

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It would be trickier to decide whom to put in the adult diaper boxes.

March 25, 2015

The Spy Who Saved Me 0

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How did Ian Fleming come up with James Bond? It’s easy to think, considering the political context of his era, that Fleming tailored his superspy to be the ideal hero of the Cold War. Yet there’s another, more prosaic explanation — was the author simply having a midlife crisis?

March 25, 2015

Poor Gatsby 0

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The Great Gatsby debuted in 1925 to poor sales and mediocre reviews. So how did it become one of the most famous novels in America? At Slate, Cristina Hartmann explains how Fitzgerald’s opus, which netted the author royalties worth a grand total of $13 in his lifetime, went on to become a classic. Related: our own Bill Morris […]

March 25, 2015

From the Internet to the Ivy League: Fanfiction in the Classroom 6

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Fanfiction will be taught and studied in future classrooms across the country — the only question is how.

March 24, 2015

Light Us Up 0

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For whatever reason, the Zippo lighter has earned a place as an icon of Americana, a symbol of everything simple and reliable in the country. At the Ploughshares blog, Nancy McCabein pays a visit to the Zippo Museum, punctuating her account with quotes from works of literature that feature the lighter.

March 24, 2015

“You hurry the day when Colum McCann serves you a chalupa” 0

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“Hey, I noticed you checking out my tote bag. I’m sure you see a lot of totes on the train, all about food co-ops or public radio or theater repertory companies. But me, I use this expanse of unbleached cotton-canvas blend to say one thing: I love books.”

March 24, 2015

Always This Mystery: The Millions Interviews Alison Bechdel 1

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I’m endlessly fascinated by myself and my past and by what has happened to me and how I’ve changed, and I wanted to show that.

March 24, 2015

The Case of the Aching Wallet 0

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We’ve published a fair number of articles on the issue of finance and employment in a writer’s life. In general, writers assume that the ideal source of income, at least as far as it concerns their own careers, is one that leaves them free of worries and blessed with ample time. In the latest Bookends, Mohsin […]