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March 13, 2017

Comfort Food: The Importance of Reading Aloud as Adults 1

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Reading a story aloud is a way to take care of someone, a kind of caretaking that isn’t overbearing or smothering, and doesn’t feel like babysitting.

March 12, 2017

A Fatal Continuity 0

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“I don’t know what wave feminism we are in now. Fourth? Fifth? But Ms. Attenberg, it depresses me to no end that the gritty, credible, less kissed-by-God heroine of your book, Andrea Bern, a single, childless, 39-year-old straight woman, a character created almost 50 years after Mary Richards, is still realistically struggling with and defying convention […]

March 11, 2017

The Author Is Not the Author 0

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Recommended Reading: Albert Mobilio on Paul La Farge’s new novel, The Night Ocean. 

March 11, 2017

North Star 0

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Where did George Orwell come around to socialism? Try the north of England. In a piece in Prospect Magazine, Stephen Ingle recounts the author’s journey through industrial Britain.

March 10, 2017

Another Shade of Darkness: The Life and Work of Beryl Bainbridge 2

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Bainbridge had no airs about her; she enjoyed nothing more than having a drink or three at her local pub with a friend, or bumming smokes from a young interviewer while explaining how she was trying to quit by puffing on her foul cabbage-leaf cigarettes. For her, being a writer was simply about the end product, not the person behind it.

March 10, 2017

This Land Press 0

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This Land Press, which launched in 2010 as a project to “bring literary journalism to Middle America,” will suspend publication of its magazine this spring, and there are no immediate plans for future publication.

March 10, 2017

Laird Hunt Grapples with the Past: The Millions Interview 0

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I don’t know how we get off this road of whiteness and onto some other. I do know that it’s real and we can’t afford abstractions when we discuss it and think about it and fight it.

March 9, 2017

Exclusive First Look: Nicole Krauss’s ‘Forest Dark’ 1

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Nicole Krauss is back with her first novel in seven years.

March 9, 2017

The Tournament of Books is Underway! 0

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Yesterday, Searching for John Hughes author Jason Diamond kicked off this year’s Tournament of Books by judging the “play-in round.” Today, our own Kirstin Butler is deliberating between The Underground Railroad and Black Wave.

March 9, 2017

Writing Against Yourself: On Leonard Michaels’s Nachman Stories 1

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Regardless of how we evaluate a book’s success, it is gratifying and noteworthy to see a artist pushing against his or her own inclinations and instincts.