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April 12, 2015

Fun Home Coda 0

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“If you can get some brilliant artists to make a musical about your childhood, I highly recommend it. It’s very cathartic.” Recent MacArthur fellow Alison Bechdel‘s hugely successful graphic memoir, Fun Home, has been adapted into a Broadway musical, and now she’s written a coda to the book that looks at what the musical has […]

April 12, 2015

To Learn Norwegian 0

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“I find it amusing that people think trying to read a book in a language you do not understand is the most boring activity in the world. If you are interested in how literature works, these things are interesting.” On Lydia Davis‘s interest in learning to read Norwegian literature and writing at the end of […]

April 11, 2015

Dada in the Dark 0

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Having trouble sleeping? Take a hint from Charles Simic and consider reading Dadaist poetry.

April 11, 2015

Poetry and Ouija 0

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On life, love, poetry and Ouija: the New Yorker profiles the life and work of James Merrill.

April 11, 2015

Who Gets to Review? 0

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“The best critics do more than explain why they liked or didn’t like a book; they try to understand books, and show other readers, by example, how to read and think about those books. Specialized expertise can work in service of that goal, but is probably not as important as a willingness to attempt to […]

April 10, 2015

The Great Gatsby at 90 0

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The Great Gatsby, that quintessential American classic, was first published 90 years ago today. Over at Scribner Magazine authors ranging from Anthony Doerr to Christopher Beha remember their first encounters with the novel, and Time has republished its original review of the novel.

April 10, 2015

A Radical Vision 0

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Recommended reading: this brilliant and thorough profile of Toni Morrison from the New York Times Magazine, complete with a video of Morrison reading from her upcoming novel, God Help the Child.

April 10, 2015

The Book Report: Episode 16: ‘Cruel Shoes’ and ‘Museum of Mistakes’ 0

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This week, Janet and Mike realize they’ve been reading nothing but post-apocalyptic novels about dying people in war-torn countries, and it is affecting their mental health.

April 10, 2015

The First Perec 0

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On the rediscovery of Georges Perec‘s first novel, Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere, a book “connected by a hundred threads to every part of the literary universe that Perec went on to create—but not like anything else that he wrote,” from the New York Review of Books.

April 10, 2015

Table 4 2014 0

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The Table 4 Writers Foundation was founded in memory of Elaine Kaufman, a larger-than-life literary personality and hostess who supported NYC writers at her restaurant for many years, and awards grants to promising writers for unpublished work. The 2014 winners have just been released, and their prizewinning work can be read online. There will also […]