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November 13, 2014

Discussing ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ 0

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Recommended reading: a piece for The Toast “In Which Three Adults Discuss A Wrinkle in Time Seriously and At Length.” Related: A Wrinkle in Time may finally become a (good) movie.

November 13, 2014

Didion’s Perfect Synthesis 0

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“Many writers write vexed introspection, or detail-oriented reporting, or counterintuitive cultural commentary, or lifestyle journalism. But so far only Didion has done all four in perfect synthesis, a prose that, at its best, can fire on every cylinder and work on multiple fields of the imagination at once.” In support of the Kickstarter project for […]

November 13, 2014

Artifacts of the Present: The Millions Interviews Emily St. John Mandel 3

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I’m fascinated by the phenomenon where three people will witness the same event and remember it in three completely different ways. Structuring a book in a non-linear fashion with multiple points of view allows me to revisit the same plot points from completely different angles.

November 12, 2014

Twists and Turns 0

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Still haven’t read our own Edan Lepucki’s Colbert-endorsed novel California? Here’s another review to whet your appetite. In the latest Kenyon Review, John Domini writes that “Lepucki, however, not only upends expectation, but also parses out a few good surprises.”

November 12, 2014

Looking Outside 0

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Recommended Reading: Tasha Golden on the Lone Genius myth.

November 12, 2014

Things to Clear Up 0

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A couple months ago, Melville House published a biography of Roberto Bolaño, constructed from interviews the author gave throughout his life. At Full-Stop, Andrew Mitchell Davenport reads the biography, suggesting that the preponderance of myths about the author “makes elucidating Bolaño’s biography a moral issue.” Pair with: our own Garth Risk Hallberg’s Bolaño syllabus.

November 12, 2014

Bookends from the New York Times Book Review: The Rejected Questions 1

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Can the state of contemporary literature be used to forecast stock prices?

November 12, 2014

Your Kahlo and My Kahlo 0

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If you live in London, and you like the idea of a play in which “two women [try] to put on a one-woman play about Frida Kahlo in whom neither of them is really interested,” you should stop by the Bridge House Theatre, which is playing Chris Larner’s The Frida Kahlo of Penge West until […]

November 12, 2014

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been 0

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Sci-fi writers are partly judged on how well they can predict where society is headed. There’s a reason that books with uncannily accurate forecasts of the future capture our interest long after their release. At Salon, William Gibson admits one way in which he got things wrong: he didn’t foresee the rise of social media. […]

November 12, 2014

Writing Out West: On Charles D’Ambrosio’s Loitering 2

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What I admired most about these essays is the way each one takes its own shape, never conforming to an expected narrative or feeling the need to answer all the questions housed within. D’Ambrosio allows his essays their ambivalence.