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January 11, 2017

Marlon James’s Dark Star Trilogy 0

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A Brief History of Seven Killings author Marlon James was struck by the whiteness of The Hobbit, and in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, he explains it inspired him to write his own fantasy series based on African epic traditions. “It’s sort of like my being a scholar of African history and mythology, and my […]

January 11, 2017

Those Who Left Us: Select Literary Obituaries from 2016 4

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This year we lost a Nobel laureate, several Pulitzer Prize winners, many writers with wide readerships, and many more who never achieved the acclaim or the audiences they deserved. 

January 10, 2017

A Writing Life Without Lies 7

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What you describe is what all art is: a radical act of faith. And faith always involves risk. But perhaps that’s why we invented art: to give ourselves something so beautiful that it not only inspires faith — but sustains it.

January 10, 2017

Stuff it 0

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Is it legal to “fatten” a story?

January 10, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Sekaran; Lopate; Coover; Schweblin; Peelle; D’Agostino; Zhang; Doctorow 0

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Out this week: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran; A Mother’s Tale by Phillip Lopate; Huck Out West by Robert Coover; Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin; The Midnight Cool by Lydia Peelle; The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino; Lotus by Lijia Zhang; and Collected Stories by E.L. Doctorow. For more on these and other new titles, go read our latest book preview.

January 10, 2017

Tom Robbins Was My Spiritual Advisor 3

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Tom Robbins doesn’t know me.

January 9, 2017

How I Got It: ‘Breakfast of Champions’ 5

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That I could have found a book that so enflamed me in such a serene, well-meaning place now seems to me a rude and minor marvel.

January 9, 2017

It’s lit 0

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Recommended Reading: DIAGRAM 16.6.

January 9, 2017

“When you’re a kid, optimism is overvalued.” 0

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Scaachi Koul’s childhood friend introduced her to Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events books candidly: “You’d probably like them,” she said. “They’re really depressing.” Now, in a piece for Buzzfeed, Koul explains how the works have helped her into adulthood. (Bonus: Koul’s forthcoming essay collection, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will […]

January 9, 2017

Better Late Than Never: On Blooming as a Reader 4

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We did not have many books in the house, and I was not read to as a child.