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July 18, 2017

She Has Haunted Me in Spectacular Ways 0

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“Lillian haunted me when she was alive. And she has haunted me since her death in July 2015. And she has haunted me in spectacular ways since I published my memoir a month ago.” Sherman Alexie has cancelled the rest of a book tour to promote his new memoir about his relationship with his mother, reports The Guardian. […]

July 18, 2017

Scared of the Dead 0

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“Scared of the living, scared of the dead, and even more scared of the dead who are immortal.” Chinese censors have cracked down on social media sites following the death and hushed burial-at-sea of writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo last week, reports The New York Times.

July 18, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Hunt; Gerrard; Molina; Osborne; Jacobson; Greer 0

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Out this week: The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt; The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard; Like A Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina; Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne; The Dog’s Last Walk by Howard Jacobson; and Less by Andrew Sean Greer. For more on these and other new titles, go read our just-published book preview.

July 18, 2017

Girls in the Band: My Summer of Rock Memoirs 2

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The aim of each of these women, perhaps of every artist, is a longing to be understood, to make some seemingly unknowable part of the self known.

July 17, 2017

Do Not Shout 0

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“Always practice basic online etiquette, or ‘netiquette.’ Consider including emoticons to help add personality to your message and set the right tone. Also, be sure to stay on topic in a conversation and avoid writing in all caps, which is the online equivalent to shouting.” The Amazon Author Insights blog (full disclosure: Amazon helps us […]

July 17, 2017

A Strange Kind of Love 0

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“I slumped into an empty corner opposite Say Goodbye, Cattullus and wept into my knees for a half hour.” Catherine Lacey writes for The Paris Review‘s “Revisited” series, “in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago.” Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s consideration of artists whose works channel writers.

July 17, 2017

Up Next, Ice-Nine 0

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Cat’s Cradle‘s Felix Hoenikker would be so proud: Stanford scientists have found a way to make a dense, extraterrestrial ice called Ice VII (via The Rumpus). See also: “2 B R 0 2 B”, a “lost” Vonnegut story that first appeared in the sci-fi journal Worlds of If in January 1962.

July 17, 2017

Returning to Walden 1

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The novel achieves the alchemy of good fiction through which philosophy takes on all the flaws and ennoblements of real, embodied life.

July 16, 2017

Night Watch 0

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Recommended Reading: Thomas Dylan Eaton on the Austrian writer Peter Handke.

July 16, 2017

The Lad 0

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“Hunkered down in muddy trenches, the doomed scions of aristocratic families would take out their pocket editions of Housman and pine for the idealized, vanishing England they were fighting for.” On Peter Parker’s new book on A.E. Housman.