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June 22, 2016

Writing Is a Dangerous Pursuit 0

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“We might not win. And yet we have to commit ourselves to the struggle, because there’s nothing else besides struggle.” Toni Morrison talks about literature and activism with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sonia Sanchez.

June 22, 2016

Food for the Hungry 0

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Recommended Reading: On the implications of “devouring” literature.

June 22, 2016

Baby and the Book: On Rivka Galchen’s ‘Little Labors’ 1

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If novels are investigations into the workings of human existence — shouldn’t a baby, and a baby’s arrival, provide a useful key?

June 22, 2016

Beginner’s Luck 0

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“Our great poet forever has one foot on Mount Parnassus and the other in the rue Quincampoix,” the Wall Street of eighteenth-century Paris. On how Voltaire outsmarted one of the earliest lotteries and made a fortune. Also check out how Goethe became an amateur auction theorist.

June 22, 2016

Remembering Gregory Rabassa 0

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Gregory Rabassa, literary translator and professor at Queens College, died this past week. Rabassa helped introduce Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch, among others, to English-language readers. He was 94 years old.

June 22, 2016

Here to Stay 0

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Over at Flavorwire, Jonathon Sturgeon responds to Jeff Guo’s recent article on the end of the period. As he puts it, “Any long piece without periods — is like a car without brakes. You can drive it, but you’d rather not.”

June 22, 2016

An Attack on the American Experiment: On Gay Clubs and Orlando 1

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I spent many boring hours in gay clubs, but I liked them because they were unsafe. You don’t learn anything in safe spaces.

June 21, 2016

A Tale of Murder 0

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Over at The Atlantic, Terrence Rafferty claims that women are writing the best crime novels. “Their books are light on gunplay, heavy on emotional violence. Murder is de rigueur in the genre, so people die at the hands of others—lovers, neighbors, obsessive strangers—but the body counts tend to be on the low side,” he writes. […]

June 21, 2016

Books Speak to Our Times 0

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Sam Tanenhaus asks, What do this season’s political books tell us about the election? As he puts it, “Election-year analyses always seem to arrive too late or too soon. They are useful nonetheless. The mistakes and misapprehensions — what the authors thought they knew — mirror the broader thinking of their moment.” Pair with this […]

June 21, 2016

Love, Concisely: Revisiting Mary Robison’s ‘Subtraction’ 0

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25 years after its release, ‘Subtraction’ stands out as a high-wire act of the novel form — taut in expression yet rich with humanity, expertly crafted and unfairly neglected.