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January 12, 2015

“Post-Skynyrd” 0

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Recommended Reading: Bronwen Dickey on Ben Metcalf’s Against the Country.

January 12, 2015

The Fall of “Man” 0

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In The Age of The Crisis of Man, a new book by n + 1 co-founder and editor Mark Greif, the author examines the life and death of the concept of “man,” aka a unified humankind that could be said to suffer from particular conflicts. It was born in the thirties, with the rise of […]

January 12, 2015

Judging Books by Their Covers 2015: US Vs. UK 15

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We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.

January 12, 2015

RIP Robert Stone 0

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RIP Robert Stone, who passed away at his home in Key West on Saturday. The author, who won the National Book Award in 1975 for his novel Dog Soldiers, was 77. You can get a sense of his work by reading Tatjana Soli’s review of his story collection Fun with Problems.  

January 12, 2015

Why Big-Time College Football Sucks 24

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America has been “reduced to grateful infantilism by the game of football.”

January 11, 2015

Smuggling Ulysses 0

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Ulysses: The one book that publishers (and Joyce himself) desperately wanted to be confiscated – all in an effort to confront censorship, of course. Mental Floss has the full story.

January 11, 2015

Abundance and Awe 0

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Recommended reading: Year in Reading alum Leslie Jamison writes about the pleasures and “democratic awe” of Whitman‘s Specimen Days. Pair with our own Michael Bourne‘s “Embracing the Other I Am: or, How Walt Whitman Saved My Life.”

January 11, 2015

“Forgiven for Being Human” 0

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“’When I finish reading one of her stories, I always feel understood and somehow forgiven for being human,’ Mr. George said. ‘It may simply come down to wisdom. Like the greats, Edith has it.’” Steve Almond gives an overview of Edith Pearlman‘s writing and publication history for The New York Times Book Review in the wake of […]

January 10, 2015

Publishing the Torture Report 0

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Independent publisher Melville House worked straight through December to publish the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture in time for the New Year. Now co-founder Dennis Johnson talks with Vulture about why his press decided to publish the book at all, and about the varied moral and practical concerns at stake when working on such a project.

January 10, 2015

January Beaches 0

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Recommended reading, perfect for dreary January weekends: David Sedaris writes about “ways to have fun at the beach” for The New Yorker.