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September 24, 2016

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know 1

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Interested in writing a bestseller? You may want to check out Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers‘ newest book, The Bestseller Code. Or maybe not: “At times, it seems like Archer and Jockers are trying to retrofit a closed system. They found that best-sellers have lots of contractions—the better, they explain, to mimic contemporary speech—and […]

September 23, 2016

Ask Us Anything: Swarm & Spark 0

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Ask anything that has plagued, confounded, pleased or troubled you about your life in and around literature .

September 23, 2016

Hipster Sommelier 0

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Might I suggest a Pamplemousse with that Ben Fountain, sir? BookRiot has very helpfully compiled a list of La Croix/book pairings. See also: this in memoriam for Michael Jackson, beer connoisseur. Yeah no, not the one you’re thinking of.

September 23, 2016

Oops Never Mind 0

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Thriller writer James Patterson was set to publish a novel in November about an attempt on his author colleague Stephen King‘s life, subtly titled The Murder of Stephen King. Following reports of real-life threats against King, however, the book has been scuttled. After you’ve read that tale of high dudgeon, see also our editor-in-chief Lydia Kiesling’s essay, “Everything […]

September 23, 2016

The Art of Compassion: On Donald Trump’s Hats 3

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The man’s daughter believes the hat could sink the campaign. She does not understand irony. And so she is shocked when hip kids one borough over begin requesting the hat.

September 22, 2016

Also Need a 4-Wheel Drive 0

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Must be willing to perform “light, household maintenance.” Harry Bliss, an illustrator and cartoonist at The New Yorker, has purchased the former home of J.D. Salinger and will turn it into a retreat for one lucky cartoonist during February 2017. Pair with our review of J.D. Salinger: A Life, a comprehensive biography of the famously reclusive writer’s work.

September 22, 2016

Don’t Call It Chi-Town (And Other Things to Learn in Chicago Books) 4

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Instead of best Chicago books, this selection focuses on books that use a Chicago-centric perspective to address challenges that other places similarly confront.

September 22, 2016

2016’s Literary Geniuses 43

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The MacArthur grant awards $625,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

September 22, 2016

Setting a Rant to Music: On Adapting Thomas Bernhard’s ‘The Loser’ for the Opera 0

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I couldn’t read The Loser silently. I ended up yelling the entire book to my reflection in the mirror in my bathroom, from start to finish, which was very exciting. And that day I started imagining what it would be like to add music to it.

September 21, 2016

And the Award for Lifetime Achievement Goes to 0

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“His life’s work, and his stunning prose, teaches us to better understand political influence, American democracy, and the true power of biography.” The National Book Foundation just announced Robert Caro as this year’s recipient of the National Book Awards lifetime achievement medal. Definitely pair with this piece by our own Michael Bourne on Caro’s epic literary […]