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December 4, 2015

In Defense of Bad Sex 1

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We recently posted about the finalists of Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards. (Morrissey’s List of the Lost was the winner!) Allan Drew writes at The Atlantic in defense of #BadSex.

December 4, 2015

A Year in Reading: Joyce Carol Oates 0

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Among the most engaging new books I’ve perused in recent months is C.K. Williams’s Selected Later Poems — beautifully intricate, contentious, strikingly ardent poems by one of our great contemporary poets.

December 3, 2015

The Millions Top Ten: November 2015 0

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Need a new book to read? Check out our latest Top Ten

December 3, 2015

A Year in Reading: Katrina Dodson 2

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Never have I experienced a more tranquil, nature-loving account of meeting Satan and joining a mild-mannered community of witches.

December 3, 2015

A Year in Reading: Chris Kraus 0

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Dipping in and out of poems, intrigued and amazed by how they could be at the same time so elusive and eloquent, mysterious and clear

December 3, 2015

Thirteen Poems 0

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Check out thirteen poems by Lydia Davis in BOMB Magazine. You could also read Adam Boffa’s piece about Davis’s work and Twitter.

December 3, 2015

An Egg with a Horse Inside 0

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“Poetry is an egg with a horse inside.” — An anonymous third grader. Matthea Harvey writes about the power of poetry and how children can enjoy poetry in the classroom. For more poetry, check out our On Poetry column.

December 3, 2015

A Year in Reading: Claire Vaye Watkins 4

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I deem Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s Ms. Hempel Chronicles the best book I read this year, for reminding me of my favorite reason to read: pure joy.

December 3, 2015

Reading the Past 0

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Finalists for the Center For Fiction’s First Novel Prize—including Sophie McManus, Ben Metcalf, Lori Ostlund, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Chigozie Obioma, Tanwi Nandini Islam, and Angela Flournoy—discuss the books that made them the writers they are today. Pair with our own Nick Ripatrazone’s recent article on authors’ favorite childhood books.

December 3, 2015

A Year in Reading: Nell Zink 1

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Drury and Kehlmann are baroque airs — instantly accessible and timeless, capturing known worlds rather than jury rigging the new.