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September 17, 2016

Dog Eat Dog 0

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“I haven’t been able to write since the moment I started thinking I could or should be making money as a writer.” Meritt Tierce with a refreshingly candid piece on writer’s block and how success doesn’t always negative the likelihood of failure.

September 16, 2016

Literary Touchstones: On the Life and Death of Marcel Proust 1

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As Proust wrote upon hearing of the writer John Ruskin’s death: “I am shown how paltry a thing death is when I see how vigorously this dead man lives.”

September 16, 2016

More Apocalypse Now, Please 0

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Can’t get your fill of end-of-the-world scenarios? Playboy has a list of five new books to give you your eschatological fill. We have a few recent pieces about literary apocalypses too: reviews of Alan Moore‘s Jerusalem (here) and Colson Whitehead‘s The Underground Railroad (here), and Dana Spiotta‘s interview with After James author Michael Helm. Go forth and destroy (in your minds).

September 16, 2016

From the Dept. of Whaaa? 1

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Mystery author James Patterson has written a novel called The Murder of Steven King that apparently describes the eponymous author’s death at the hands of a deranged fan. While King declined to comment on the book, he has in the past said of Patterson that the latter is “a terrible writer but he’s very successful.” And now you must read our editor-in-chief Lydia […]

September 16, 2016

The Story of My Friend 0

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“[T]here are no creative writing programs in Mexico, so people rely on the infinite patience of their friends.”  Valeria Luiselli and Laia Jufresa, longtime readers of each other’s work, in conversation over at BOMB Magazine. See also: our review of Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth.

September 15, 2016

How the Sausage Gets Made 0

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“Being a judge for the Man Booker prize has at times felt like being part of a team of archaeologists excavating some vast buried city. Once the dust has settled – after nine months of reading – you stand back to survey your labours and realise all that’s left is a small pile of gleaming […]

September 15, 2016

Humanity’s Dogged Endurance: On Alexander Weinstein’s ‘Children of the New World’ 1

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Weinstein seems to say that while we can make startling advances in Internet porn, we cannot clean up the mess we’ve made of our environment—but that pessimism is deceptive.

September 15, 2016

Hail to the Chief (Librarian) 0

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During the riots in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death, the city’s chief librarian insisted her neighborhood branch remain open. Yesterday that librarian, Dr. Carla D. Hayden, was sworn in as the 14th librarian of Congress, the first woman and African-American to hold the position. We wonder what Dr. Hayden might make of our own Jacob Lambert‘s […]

September 15, 2016

Miss Whatsit 0

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Director Ava Duvernay has found the lead for her film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Thirteen-year-old Storm Reid will play the lead role of the character Meg Murry, joining a cast that includes Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon.

September 15, 2016

2016 National Book Award Longlists Unveiled 1

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An eclectic Fiction longlist includes some highly touted titles alongside intriguing favorites.