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December 22, 2016

A Year in Reading: Hamilton Leithauser 2

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Elizabeth Bishop is inspired. I read her when I feel uninspired.

December 21, 2016

Captain Pentagon 0

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“In the 1970s it circulated among Left Bank intellectuals, including Sartre and Bernard-Henri Lévy, as an aid to productive writing. In 1981 it was listed as a controlled substance in the US and in 1986, after it was scheduled under the WHO Convention on Psychotropic Substances, it was removed from prescription sale.” The London Review of […]

December 21, 2016

A Year in Reading: Manuel Gonzales 0

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It has been a difficult year in reading for me because I have found myself increasingly drawn to reading snippets of news from my phone instead of books, and when that becomes too much for me to handle mentally or emotionally, escaping into cheesy super-hero television shows on the CW.

December 21, 2016

Books for the Trump Era 0

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“[T]hat might be what liberal readers needs right now: Not just portraits of the Brexit and Trump-voting domestic Other, but a clearer sense of their own worldview’s limits, blind spots, blunders and internal contradictions.” The New York Times‘s Ross Douthat assembles a “Books for the Trump Era” reading list, including Michel Houellebecq’s Submission, Christopher Lasch‘s The Revolt […]

December 21, 2016

Hits and Misses 0

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“You’d be hard-pressed to find a book that was at once so bold in style and ambitious in structure and so much fun to read.” The Guardian asks indie publishers about the books that made their year, including Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue (whose own Year in Reading you can find here).

December 21, 2016

A Year in Reading: Jade Chang 0

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Reading his words feels like having a mouthful of blackberry hard candies, rich and uncomfortable and complex in all the best of ways.

December 21, 2016

A Year in Reading: Mensah Demary 1

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All I wanted was a literary life — a professional and artistic life defined by the act of creating literature, whether as a writer, a publisher of other writers, and even a curator of writers for live audiences — but achieving a dream simultaneously reveals a void.

December 20, 2016

A Year in Reading: Sylvia Whitman 0

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Working in a bookshop every day, it’s almost impossible not to slip a book into my pocket on the way out each evening.

December 20, 2016

Words of the Year Watch, Con’t 0

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Two more words of the year as 2016 comes to a close: Merriam-Webster has chosen “surreal” while The Guardian, in an act of timeliness, nominates “unpresidented.”

December 20, 2016

A Year in Reading: Aimee Nezhukumatathil 0

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This year also marked the first time in more than a decade where I lived in the same town as an independent bookstore — and never before have I been so perfectly happy to make my wallet just a bit lighter these days.